Pleas as to Freddy’s character, and the moral obligation on him to earn
his own living, were lost on Higgins. He denied that Freddy had any
character, and declared that if he tried to do any useful work some
competent person would have the trouble of undoing it: a procedure
involving a net loss to the community, and great unhappiness to Freddy
himself, who was obviously intended by Nature for such light work as
amusing Eliza, which, Higgins declared, was a much more useful and
honorable occupation than working in the city.