An Inspector Calls Quotes

By or about the characters, if i could remember who said them about the person they are in brackets after the quote and if i could remember who they are saying the quote it is before the quote e.g. (to Birling). Hope this makes sense

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The Inspector
"An impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness".
"Each of you helped to kill her"
"A man in his fifties, dressed in a plain darkish suit".
"He speaks carefully, weightily and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he
addresses before actually speaking".
"One person and one line of enquiry at a time"
"I haven't much time"
"We are responsible for each other"
"One Eva Smith has gone - but there are 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"
"And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, when they will be
taught it in fire and blood and anguish"
"This girl killed herself - and died a horrible death. But each of you helped to kill her"
"We don't live alone. We are members of one body."
"Public men Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges"
"It is better to ask for the earth than take it"
"I've thought that it'd do us all a lot of good if we tried to put ourselves in the place of the young
women counting their pennies in their dingy back bedrooms"
(To Birling) "And you think young women ought to be protected against unpleasant and disturbing
things?" "Well, we know one young woman who wasn't, don't we?"
"We have to share something. If there's nothing else, we'll have to share our guilt"
(To Birling) "Why should you do any protesting? It was you who turned the girl out in the first place"
"I think you've done something terribly wrong and you'll spend the rest of your life regretting it".
"Massively taking charge as disputes erupt between them."
"I'm waiting... To do my duty"
"Of course he knows."- Sheila

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Eva Smith
"Very pretty - soft brown hair and big dark eyes" ­ Gerald
"She was young and pretty and warm-hearted - and intensely grateful" ­Gerald
"Burnt her inside out"
"Looked much better in the dress"
"Not the usual sort"
"Soft face"
"Pretty"- Eric
"Good sport"-Eric
"Few friends, lonely half starved, she was feeling desperate"
Mr Birling
"You're not the sort of father a chap can go to when he's in trouble, that's why"
"It's exactly the same port your father gets"
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To Gerald) "Your mother -Lady Croft- while she doesn't object to my girl- feels you may have done
better for yourself socially"
(About Eric stealing money) "I've got to cover this up as soon as I can."
"We've no proof it was the same photograph and therefore no proof it was the same girl."
"There wasn't the slightest proof that this Daisy Renton really was Eva Smith."
"Look at the Titanic! Absolutely unsinkable!"
"I'm talking as a hard-headed, practical man of business.…read more

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And I know I'm to blame - and I'm desperately sorry"
"So I'm really responsible?"
"These girls aren't cheap labour - they're people"
(Writers description) "Pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited"
(To Inspector) "I don't understand about you"
"Last summer, when you never came near me"
(To her parents) "It frightens me the way you talk"
"He's giving us the rope - is that we'll hand ourselves"
"It's all my fault isn't it"
(To Gerald) "Why--you fool--he knows.…read more


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