AIC Characters - key traits and quotes

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  • AIC Characters + Key Traits/Word associations (with quotes)
    • Mr Birling
      • Ambitious - "there's a very good chance of a knighthood"
      • Business-minded - "a hard-headed, practical man of business"
      • Selfish - "a man has to make his own way"
      • Anxious - "there'll be a public scandal - unless we're lucky"
      • Capitalist - "working together - for lower costs and higher prices."
      • Possessive - "Is there any reason why my wife should answer questions from you, Inspector?"
      • Patronising about women - "Not just something to wear - and not only something to make 'em look prettier."
    • Eric
      • Irresponsible - "I didn't even remember - that's the hellish thing."
      • Unloved - "You don't understand anything. You never did."
      • Sensitive - "My God - I'm not likely to forget."
      • Alcoholic - "I was in a state when a chap easily turns nasty."
      • Lacking confidence - "I don't know - really. Suddenly I felt I just had to laugh."
      • Assertive - "Why shouldn't they try for higher wages? We try for the highest possible prices.
    • Mrs Birling
      • Traditional - "When you're married you'll realise..."
      • Proud - "I was the only one of you who didn't give in to him."
      • Prejudiced - "As is a girl of that sort would ever refuse money!"
      • Cruel - "I used my influence to have it refused."
      • Ignorant -"No, of course not. He's only a boy." And later "(staggered) it isn’t true."
      • Snobbish - "What an expression, Sheila! Really, the things you girls pick up these days!"
    • Gerald
      • Respectable - "the east well-bred young man-about-the-town"
      • Upper-class - "landed people and so forth"
      • Liar - "I wasn't telling you a complete lie"
      • Traditional - "I should say so!" (Gerald agreeing with Mr B)
      • Confident - "Sure to be, unless Eric’s been up to something."
      • Evasive - "All right. I knew her. Let’s leave it at that."
    • Sheila
      • Strong-minded - "I don't believe I will. So you be careful."
      • Sharp - "he's giving us the rope - so that we'll hang ourselves."
      • Selfish - "you used the power you had...to punish the girl."
      • Moral - "But these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people."
      • Assertive - "I tell you - whoever that inspector was, it was anything but a joke."
      • Insightful - "That's what I meant when I talked about building up a wall that's sure to be knocked flat. It makes it all harder to bear."
    • Inspector
      • Moral - "We are members of one body"
      • Authoritative - "All in good time"
      • Mysterious - "Was it a hoax?"
      • Outsider - "The rude way he spoke to Mr Birling and me - it was quite extraordinary!"
      • Prophetic - "if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.
      • Emotive - "Her position now is that she lies with a burnt out inside on a slab."

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