An Inspector Call's - Inspector Goole Key Quotes

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  • An Inspector Calls - Inspector Goole
    • Act One
      • "We hear the sharp ring of a front door bell. Birling stops to listen."
        • Already establishing authority and power.
      • "Burnt her inside out, of course."
        • Blunt, wants to shock them.
      • "Do you remember her, Mr Birling?"
        • Already knows, controlling situation.
      • "One person and one line of inquiry at a time."
        • Very authoritative. Knows how we wants to work and has power.
      • "A chain of events."
        • Stands up t Mr B, portraying Priestly's beliefs.
      • "But after all it's better to ask for the Earth than to take it."
        • Priestly's views. Contradicts Mr B.
      • "If you'll come over here, I'll show you."
        • Complete control over the situation.
      • "A nice little promising life there, I thought, and a nasty mess somebody's made of it."
        • Ironically uses Mr B's words when standing up to him. Takes others aback.
    • Act Two
      • "And you think young women ought to be protected against unpleasant and disturbing things?"
        • Manipulative in getting what he wants out of people.
      • "Massively taking charge."
      • "If there's nothing else then we'll have to share our guilt"
        • Brings through message of accepting responsibility.
      • "He must wait his turn."
        • Control of situation
      • "And then you decided to keep her - as your mistress?"
        • Blunt and blatant.
      • "Public men, Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges."
        • Preistly's voice - key theme responsibility
      • "You must have known what she was feeling. And you slammed the door in her face."
        • Tries to make Mrs B see she was wrong and make her take responsibility.
      • "So he's the chief culprit anyhow."
        • Untitled
    • Act Three
      • "He needs a drink now just to see him through."
        • Control
      • "You'll be able to divide the responsibility when I've gone."
        • Priestly wanted upper classes to be responsible.
      • Final Speech
        • "One Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us."
        • "We don't live alone. We are members of one body."
        • "...if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish."


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