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Mr Birling's and Eric Birling's relationship notes
Eric feels as though he can't go to his father when in trouble.
BIRLING: `Why didn't you come to me when you found yourself in this mess? ...
ERIC: `Because you're not the kind of father a chap could go to when he's not in
Eric doesn't have a good relationship with his father and feels like he wouldn't
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In Act 2 we don't know whether it could be Eric the father of Eva Smith's child
however, Eric fits the description of the father of the unborn child as
I. He is described as being young
II.He is `silly and wild' and we have seen Eric act like this previously at the dinner party.
III. He drinks too much and is a `drunken young idler'.…read more

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BIRLING: ` You! You don't seem to care about anything. But I care. I was almost
certain for a knighthood in the next Honours list.'
ERIC: (laughing) `Oh- for God's sake! What does this it matter now whether they give
you a knighthood now.'
Eric is at breaking point and finds it ridiculous that his father is concerned that he may
not receive a knighthood instead of worrying and caring about the state of what his
own son is in.…read more


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