an inspector calls- quote 4

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  • If you think you can bring any pressure to bear on me, Inspector, you’re quite mistaken. Unlike the other three, I did nothing I’m ashamed of or that won’t bear investigation.
    • 1.Sybil says this to the Inspector in Act Two as she discusses her charity. Sybil is, in this quote, a direct counterpoint to her daughter Sheila. Sybil refuses to believe that what she has done in denying money to the Eva/Daisy is wrong. Instead, Sybil believes that she upheld the procedures of the charity of which she was the head. This resembles the justification that Arthur gives for protecting his profits above the wellbeing of his workers. Both Arthur and Sybil argue that it is for the businessman to protect his interests, and for the keeper of a charity to protect the “good name” of that organization and its principles. Because Eva/Daisy appears to lie about her circumstances due to prejudices against unwed mothers at the time, Sybil thinks that it is acceptable to refuse her request.
    • Sybil has no guilt about this and does not seem to change her mind, even after she learns that Eric is the father of Eva/Daisy’s child.
    • 3.This revelation serves only to upset Sybil and to cause her to believe that the family’s good name has been irrevocably sullied. Sybil, like Arthur, thinks that the worst fate that can befall anyone is a loss of social standing, or of good grace in the community. This is the extent to which Arthur and Sybil think about a community at all. For them, a community is a collection of individuals who have very little by way of responsibility to one another, and who encounter one another only in limited ways.
    • 4. But the Inspector hopes to prove to the Birling family throughout the play that such a conception is not only fundamentally wrong, but deeply damaging to the very fabric of society in which all humans live.

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