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ACT THREE -



I T

IS Mrs Higginsís at-home day. Nobody has yet arrived. Her drawing room,
in a flat on Chelsea Embankment, has three windows looking on the river; and the
ceiling is not so lofty as it would be in an older house of the same pretension. The
windows are open, giving access to a balcony with flowers in pots. If you stand
with your face to the windows, you have the fireplace on your left and the door in
the right-hand wall close to the corner nearest the windows.

Mrs Higgins was brought up on Morris and Burne Jones; and her room,
which is very unlike her sonís room in Wimpole Street, is not crowded with furni-
ture and little tables and nicknacks. In the middle of the room there is a big otto-
man; and this, with the carpet, the Morris wall-papers, and the Morris chintz
window curtains and brocade covers of the ottoman and its cushions, supply all
the ornament, and are much too handsome to be hidden by odds and ends of use-
less things. A few good oil-paintings from the exhibitions in the Grosvenor Gal-
lery thirty years ago (the Burne Jones, not the Whistler side of them) are on the
walls. The only landscape is a Cecil Lawson on the scale of a Rubens. There is a
portrait of Mrs Higgins as she was when she defied fashion in her youth in one of
the beautiful Rossettian costumes which, when caricatured by people who did not
understand, led to the absurdities of popular estheticism in the eighteen-seventies.

In the corner diagonally opposite the door Mrs Higgins, now over sixty and
long past taking the trouble to dress out of the fashion, sits writing at an elegantly
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