An Inspector Calls Character & Theme Quotes

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  • An Inspector Calls
    • Themes
      • Class
      • Social Responsibility
      • Gender
      • Age
    • Characters
      • Mr Birling
      • Mrs Birling
      • Sheila
      • Eric
      • Gerald
      • Inspector Goole
  • "Why, you hysterical young fool - get back - or I'll -" - Mr Birling
  • "You youngsters just remember what I said" - Mr Birling
  • ‘Now look at the pair of them - the famous younger generation who know it all. And they can’t even take a joke-’ Mr Birling
  • "But these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people" - Sheila
  • “young, fresh and charming” - Gerald
  • "We've several hundred young women ... they keep changing" - Mr Birling
  • "As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money!" - Mrs Birling
  • "If you don’t come down sharply on some of these people, they’d soon be asking for the earth." - Mr Birling
  • "I used my inluence ... I did my duty" - Mrs Birling
  • "I'm talking as a hard-headed practical man of business"
  • Rather provincial in his speech
  • "Oh, how horrible! Was it an accident?"
  • "You mustn’t try to build up a kind of wall between us and that girl"
  • "whoever that Inspector was, it was anything but a joke."
  • "Everything’s all right now Sheila. What about this ring?"
  • "Sorry- I- well, I've suddenly realised- taken it in properly- that she's dead-"
  • It's what happened to her after she left Mr Birling' work that's important.
  • "You're beginning to pretend now that nothing's really happened at all. And I can't see it like that."
  • he creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness.
  • "Her position now is that she lies with a burnt out inside on a slab."
  • "if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish"
  • "millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do"


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