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  • An Inspector Calls
    • Arthur Birling
      • Act 2
        • I protest against the way in which my daughter, a young unmarried girl, is being dragged into this-
        • But you must understand that a lot of young men-
        • He was in one of his excitable queer moods
        • Damned impudence!
        • The Press might easily take it up
      • Act 1
        • Heavy-looking, rather portentous man ... with fairly easy manners but rather provincial in his speech
        • You ought to like this port, Gerald. As a matter of fact  Finchley told me it's exactly the same port your father gets from him
        • Perhaps we may look forward to the time when Crofts and Billings ... are working together - for lower costs and higher prices
        • By the way some of these cranks talk ... you'd think everybody has to look after everybody else
          • A man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own-
            • We hear the sharp ring of a front door bell
        • If you don't come down sharply on some of these people, they'd soon be asking for the earth
          • I was quite justified
      • Act 3
        • (sharply) Sheila, take your mother along to the drawing-room
        • (unhappily) I'd give thousands - yes, thousands
        • I've got to cover this up as soon as I can
          • There'll be a public scandal
        • There's every excuse for what both your mother and I did -it turned out unfortunately,thats all
        • If he wasn't, it matters a devil of a lot. Makes all the difference
          • The whole story's just a load of moonshine. Nothing but an elaborate sell! (he produces a huge sigh of relief)
        • He was prejudiced from the start
    • Eric Birling
    • Sybil Birling
      • Act 2
        • Girls of that class -
        • You know of course that my husband was Lord Mayor only two years ago and that he's still a magistrate-
        • We've done a great deal of useful work in helping deserving cases
          • I wasn't satisfied by the girl's claim - she seemed to me to be not a good case
            • I consider I did my duty
              • [who is to blame then?] Firstly, the girl herself
        • I think you [Sheila] ought to go to bed - and forget about this absurd business
        • I think it was simply a piece of gross impertinence ... naturally that was one of the things that prejudiced me against her case
      • Act 1
        • Men with important work to do sometimes have to spend nearly all their time and energy on their business
        • I think Sheila and I had better go into the drawing room and leave you men
        • All right, Edna. I'll ring from the drawing-room when we want coffee
        • A rather cold woman and her husband's social superior
      • Act 3
        • But i didn't know it was you [Eric} - I never dreamt. Besides, you're not the type - you don't get drunk-
        • (smiling) And I must say, Gerald, you've  argued this very cleverly, and I'm most grateful.
        • (triumphantly) Didn't I tell you? Didn't I say I couldn't imagine a real police inspector talking like that to us?
        • They're over-tired. In the morning they'll be as amused as we are
        • I told him quite plainly that i thought I  had done no more than my duty
    • Sheila Birling
    • Gerald Croft
    • Inspector Goole

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