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  • An Inspector Calls
    • Sheila Birling
      • “It’s you two who are being childish - trying not to face the facts.”
      • “Is it the one you wanted me to have?”
      • “Why - you fool - he knows. Of course he knows. And I hate to think how much he knows that we don’t know yet. You’ll see. You’ll see.”
      • “between us we killed her.”
      • “Gerald, I think you’d better take this with you. (She hands him the ring.)”
      • “you’re beginning all over again to pretend that nothing much has happened-”
    • Sybil Birling
      • “Please don’t contradict me like that.”
      • “When you’re married you’ll realise that men with important work to do sometimes have to spend nearly all their time and energy on their business. You’ll have to get used to that, just as I had.” -
      • “We’ve done a great deal of useful work in helping deserving cases.”
      • “Girls of that class-”
      • “you’re not the type - you don’t get drunk”
      • “I think she had only herself to blame.”
    • Mr Arthur Birling
      • “There’ll be a public scandal.”
      • “I can’t accept any responsibility.”
      • ”(angrily to Eric) You’re the one I blame for this.”
      • “the famous younger generation who know it all. And they can’t even take a joke”
      • “The Germans don’t want war. Nobody wants war,”
    • Inspector Goole
      • “We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.”
      • “Just used her for the end of a  stupid drunken evening,as if she was an animal,a thing,not a person.”
      • “(cutting through, massively)“The Inspector interposes himself between them and the photograph.”
      • “I’m losing all patience with you people.”
      • “if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.”
      • “We often do on the young ones. They’re more impressionable.”
      • “And so you used the power you had ... to punish the girl”
      • “she became your mistress?”
    • Eric Birling
      • “You don’t understand anything. You never did. You never even tried” - To Mrs. Birling
      • “you killed her - and the child she’d have had too - my child - your own grandchild - you killed them both - damn you, damn you -”
      • “she was pretty and a good sport”
      • “you’re not the kind of father a chap could go to when he’s in trouble”
      • “Why shouldn’t they try for higher wages?”
    • Gerald Croft
      • “I didn’t feel about her as she felt about me.”
      • “[she] gave me a glance that was nothing less than a cry for help.”
      • “I didn’t install her there so that I could make love to her.”
      • “We’re respectable citizens and not criminals.”
      • "I became at once the most important person in her life”
      • "Was it a hoax?"

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