- capitalist: 'you'd think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive- community and all that nonsense'
- Dismissive: 'yes, yes. horrid business but i don't understand why you should come here
- Self assured: 'there's a fair chance i might find my way into the next honours list. just a knighthood.'
- 'Birling is a heavy-looking, rather potentious man'
- 'rather mpatiently'
- Patronising: 'why the devil do you want to go upsetting the child like that'
- Business like and pragmatic: 'hard-headed practical man of business'
1 of 7
- Sympathetic: 'oh how horrible! was it an accident?'
- 'rather distressed'
- Aware: 'but these girls aren't cheap labour- they're people'
- Self pitty: '(miserably) So i'm really responsible?'
- 'i know i'm to blame- and i'm desperately sorry...
- Impressionable: Inspector about Sheila: 'we often do on the younger ones. they're more impressionable.'
- Childish: 'I'm sorry daddy'- changes through the play as she sees her parents for who they are.
2 of 7
- Patronising: 'you're looking tired, dear. i think you ought to go to bed and forget about this absurb business'
- no, of course not, he's only a boy'
- upper class: 'i dont suppose for a moment that we can understand why the girl committed suicide. girls of that class-'
- 'that- i consider- a triffle impertinent'
- (to inspector, rather grandly)
- Self assured: (with dignity) yes. We have done a great deal of useful work in helping the deserving classes'
- if you think you can bring any pressure to bear upon me, inspector, you're quite mistaken
- In denial: 'i've done nothing wrong and you know it'
3 of 7
- knowledgable: 'what about war?'.....'yes, i know- but stil'
- guilty: when inspector arives. Eric (who is uneasy)
- sensible + forward thinking: 'why shouldn't they try for higher wages?'
- heavy drinker: 'i've had a few drinks, including rather a lot of champagne'
- generous: 'i insisted on giving her enough money to keep her going'
- distant from parents: 'you're not the kind of father a chap could go to'
- accepts situation: 'it's what happened to the girl and what we all did to her that matters'
4 of 7
- upper class: (politely) 'absolutely first-class'
- unloyal: 'all last summer, when you never came near me'- Sheila
- 'she became your misress?' 'yes. i suppose it was inevitable'
- capitalist: 'i believe you're right, sir' in response to mr birling saying there will be no war. Agrees with mr B about sacking Eva Smith
- denial: 'we're respectable citizens not criminals',
- 'who says so?... there's no more real evidence we did than there was that that chap was a real police inspector.'
5 of 7
- Socialist: 'we are all members of one body'
- composed and in controll: (impressively)
- intimidating: (cutting through, massively),
- 'i know somehow he makes you'
- influencial: 'you seem to have made a big impression on my daughter'
- powerful and wise: (sternly) i warn you, you're making it worse for yourself',
- 'one eva smith has gone but - but there are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths'
- 'if men will not learn that lesson they will be taught in blood and anguish
6 of 7
- Mr B: 'i can't accept any responsibility'
- Mr B interpittation of resposibility- 'it's my duty to keep labour costs down'
- 'a man has tomind his own business and look after himself and his own...'
- Birling to Eric- 'it's about time you learnt to face a few responsibilities'
- Eric to Birling 'you're the one i blame for this'
- inspector: 'we're all members of one body. we are all responsible for each other'
- 'public men, Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as priviledges'
- Mrs B: 'i accept no blame for that'
- 'i blame the younge man who was the father of the chid'
- i've done nothing wrong and you know it'
- Sheila: 'I'm not really to blame, am i?
7 of 7
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