Higgins and Pickering show up the next day at Mrs. Higgins' home in a state of
distraction because Eliza has run away. They are interrupted by Alfred Doolittle, who
enters resplendently dressed, as if he were the bridegroom of a very fashionable wedding.
He has come to take issue with Henry Higgins for destroying his happiness. It turns out
that Higgins wrote a letter to a millionaire jokingly recommending Doolittle as a most
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sequel goes on to give a
dreary account of their married life and faltering career as the owners of a flower and
vegetable shop (an ironic treatment of the typical "happily ever after" nonsense) in which
Freddy and Eliza must take accounting and penmanship classes to really become useful
members of society. One can see this whole play as an intentional deconstruction of the
genre of Romance, and of the myth of Pygmalion as well.