- "There isn't a chance of war"
- "Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable"
- "I'm a hard-headed man of business"
- "You have to understand that a lot of young men --"
- "If we were all responsible for everything that happened to anyone we had anything to do with, it would be awkward wouldn't it?"
- "And to that I say fiddlesticks! The Germans don't want war"
- "Well it's my duty to keep labour costs down" "Why shouldn't they try for higher wages?[Eric]"
- "The whole story is just a load of moonshine!
- "If you don't come down hard on these people, they'll soon be asking for the Earth"
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- "When you're married you'll understand that men with important work to do sometimes have to spend nearly all of their time and energy into their business"
- "Girls of that class--" "helping deserving cases"
- "But I think she had only herself to blame"
- "I think it was simply a piece of gross impertinence" (Classist views about Eva using her name)
- "I'll tell you what I told her. Go and look for the father of the child. It's his responsibility"
- "drunken young idler"
- "I blame the young man who was the father of the child she was going to have"
- "If the girl's death is down to anybody, it's him"
- I don't believe it, I wont believe it"
- "No - Eric - please - I didn't know - I didnt understand-"
- "You're behaving like an hysterical child tonight"
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- "I think it's perfect. Now I really feel engaged"
- "But these girls aren't cheap labour. They're people.
- (Miserably) So I'm really responsible?
- "I was in a furious temper."
- (laughs rather hysterically) Why - you fool - he knows. Of course he knows."
- "I know I'm to blame - and I'm desperately sorry."
- "There's something I don't understand about you."
- "You musn't build up a kind of wall between us and that girl. If you do, the Inspector will just break it down."
- "He's giving us the rope - so that we'll hang ourselves."
- "The point is, you dont't seem to have learnt anything"
- "Between us we drove the girl to suicide"
- "Fire and blood and anguish"
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- "not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive"
- "(Suddenly guffaws) Sorry I just felt I had to laugh"
- "Unless Eric's been up to something (Gerald to Eric and Mr Birling)"
- "I was in that state where a chap easily turns nasty"
- "You're not the kind of father a chap can go to when he's in trouble"
- "Why shouldn't they try for higher wages?"
- He drinks "pretty hard"
- "Oh - my - god! How stupid this all is!"
- "I'm ashamed of you[his parents]." "I don't give a damn now."
- "We did her in all right."
- "Damn you, damn you (To Mrs Birling)."
- "You don't understand anything. You never did. You never even tried."
- He saw Eva as "a good sport"
- He treated her as if she were "an animal, a thing, not a person"
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- "I don't come in to this suicide business."
- "I'm rather more - upset - by this business than I probably appear to be."
- "Everything's all right now Sheila. (holds up ring) What about this ring?"
- "because I was sorry for her"
- He later made her his mistress because she was "young and pretty and warm-hearted - and intensely grateful"
- "Unless Eric has been up to something"
- "But how do we know it's the same girl"
- "We've no proof it was the same photograph, and so no proof it was the same girl"
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- His name is a homophone for 'ghoul' which is another word for 'ghost'
- "The lighting should be pink and initimate until the Inspector arrives, and then it should be brighter and harder"
- "Each of you helped to kill her"
- "We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish."
- "We are members of one body"
- Structure of the play is symbolic of the early 20th century on how life repeated itself - so the Inspector failed at his duty
- "I know I'm to blame and I'm desperately sorry." - so the Inspector succeeded
- "I'm waiting" "I haven't much time"
- "There are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths"
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