Regency: Tutor- Pygmalion effect Pygmalion a play by George Bernard Shaw. It tells the story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, who makes a bet with his friend, Colonel Pickering, that he can turn a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a refined society lady merely by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent and training her in etiquette. In the process, Higgins and Doolittle grow close . . .