An Inspector Calls - Theme Quotes

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  • "but these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people" - Sheila
  • "men with important work to do sometimes have to spend all their time and energy on their business" - Mrs. B
  • "Clothes mean something different to a woman.. sign or token of their self respect" - Birling
  • "Just used her for the end of a stupid drunken evening, as if she was an animal.. not a person" - Inspector
  • "Why shouldn't [Eva] try for higher wages?" - Eric
  • "if they didn't like those rates, they could go and work somewhere else" - Birling

*Why did Priestley decide to use a working class woman rather than a working class man?

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  • "As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money!" - Mrs B.
  • "One of the things that prejudiced me against her case" - Mrs B.
  • "few friends, lonely, half-starved, she was feeling desperate" - Inspector
  • "these girls aren't cheap labour" - Sheila
  • "She was claiming elaborate fine feelings and scruples that were simply absurd for a girl in her position" - Mrs B.
  • "there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us" - Inspector
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  • "the famous younger generation who know it all" - Birling
  • "take my word for it, you youngsters.. I've learnt in the good hard school of experience" - Birling
  • "You're behaving like a hysterical child" - Mrs B.
  • "They're more impressionable" - Inspector
  • "He could have kept her on instead of throwing her out" - Eric
  • "It's you two who are being childish - trying not to face the facts" - Sheila
  • "Mother, I think it was cruel and vile" - Sheila
  • "from the way you children talk, you might be wanting to help him instead of us" - Mrs B.
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  • "a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own" - Birling
  • "it's time you started facing a few responsibilities" - Birling
  • "I can't accept any responsibility" - Birling
  • "We are all members of one body" - Inspector
  • "then he'd be entirely responsible" - Mrs B.
  • "It's my own fault" - Sheila
  • "Public men.. have responsibilities as well as privileges" - Inspector
  • "It doesn't alter the fact that we all helped to kill her" - Eric
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