An Inspector Calls - Sybil Birling Quotes

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  • Sybil Birling
    • Act 3
      • "They're over tired. In the morning they'll be as amused as we are."
        • Just like Gerald and Arthur, she has learnt nothing from the inspector and believes that things will go back to normal.
      • "Unlike the other three, I did nothing I'm ashamed of"
        • It shows that Mrs Birling has no regret and also reinforces the coldness in her personality as she is willing to get her own family into trouble for  her own safety.
    • Act 1
      • "Sheila, don't tease him. When you're married you'll realise that men with important work to do sometimes have to spend nearly all their time and energy tn their business"
        • It reflex gender politics of the Edwardian era allowing the men to go to work whilst the woman stay at home.
      • "Arthur, you're not supposed to say such things"
        • Shows that she comes from a higher class background than her husband.  Possibly because of the money and wealth that Arthur possesses.
      • "a cold woman"
        • Priestley ensures that the actress knows how to portray her in a certain way and the use of 'cold' makes Mrs Birling feeling distant and unrelatable
    • Act 2
      • "it wasn't I who had her turned out of her employment - which probably began it all."
        • Sybil isn't afraid to accuse her own family members in order to protect herself - hinting at a deep Capitalistic attitude within her.
      • "You know of course that my husband was Lord Mayor only two years ago"
        • She uses her husband's social standing to try and put pressure onto the inspector as she wants the situation to end.
      • "I'm very sorry. But I think she had only herself to blame."
        • It shows that Sybil feels that she is not responsible for Eva's death - only because she thinks that Eva got herself into this situation.


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