Think of Pickering as the good cop to Higgins's bad cop – not that Higgins is really bad or anything. He just represents the softer side of their dynamic linguistic duo. They both help to educate Eliza, but Pickering contributes in a less traditional way. As Eliza tells him, he helps her feel like a lady for the first time. This isn't to say that Pickering is totally different from Higgins. He can get caught up in the task just as easily – and sometimes he treats Eliza more like a plaything than a human being. He really is Higgins's bachelor-in-arms, and the two men are better off for their collaboration.