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He goes to the divan, stumbling into the fender and over the fire-irons on his way; extricating himself with muttered imprecations; and finishing his disastrous journey by throwing himself to impatiently on the divan that he almost breaks it. MRS HIGGINS looks at him, but controls herself and says nothing. (Pygmalion, Act III)

The parallel structure in the stage directions mainly conveys


The small area of Mrs. Higgins's drawing room.


Higgins's social awkwardness.


Higgins's fear that Miss and Mrs. Eynsford Hill will recognize him.


Higgins's desire to protect Eliza from social embarrassment.


Higgins's concern for inciting his mother's wrath.

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