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  • Sheila becomes more mature
    • admits that she was in a temper and threatened to get their account at Milward's closed
      • admits her temper was caused by jealousy
      • admits she used her social position to get the girl punished
    • Sheila is distressed at the description of the dead girl's suicide and her unhappy life, particularly when Sheila had been so happy earlier in the evening
    • admits her responsibility
      • Sheila's tone is both apologetic and full of self-recrimination showing her increasing maturity
      • Sheila becomes to mature adult, prepared to take responsibility for her actions, in contrast to her 'childish' parents who appear to have learnt nothing
    • Sheila is initially curious about the dead girl and recognises her humanity from the start, unlike her father
      • Sheila's behaviour changed from a young and naive socialite, to a more mature and aware, socially responsible young woman
    • after her confession Sheila becomes aware of the Inspector's omniscient powers, calling Gerald a 'fool' and warning him not to lie to the Inspector
      • Sheila becomes increasingly more interested in the truth behind the girl's death than in protecting the family name, again admitting her own shame
    • admits she felt bad at the time and even worse now
      • contradicts her earlier comments by saying that she didn't feel bad about it at the time but does now, reflecting a growing maturity
      • stage directions indicate that Sheila 'had been crying' and that she is both miserable and 'distressed' indicating her feelings of remorse and responsibility
    • the Inspector speaks to Sheila 'harshly' to force home the point that her feelings of guilt are somewhat belated
      • the Inspector maintains the pace and increases the tension in the scene by a series of short, direct questions to Sheila
      • the Inspector quite abruptly and directly interrupts the other characters again to maintain the pace and increase the tension
    • claims that she is now 'trying to tell the truth' and that she is 'ashamed'
      • Sheila 'almost breaks down' when describing the events at Milwards, indicating her feelings of guilt
      • Sheila hesitates at times throughout her speech, indicating her feelings of guilt for what she has done
    • Sheila turns on Gerald quite sharply because she feels he is judging her
    • admits it wasn't the girl's fault but that she was in a temper when she went into the shop
    • as Sheila is determined to stay and hear Gerald's involvement with Daisy Renton, her own feelings of responsibility grow
      • Sheila shows her increasing maturity by respecting Gerald's honesty over his affair with Daisy Rention
    • for the first time in her life, Sheila takes a stand against her mother warning her not to oppose the Inspector's questioning
      • Sheila is the first to realise the consequences of her mother's conviction that the 'young man' is to blame and that he is Eric


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