- reflects the mood of the play
- "pink and intermate" - creates a relaxed and calm atmoshpere, representing the mood of the charatcers - an engagement of Shleia and Gerald
- "brighter and harder" - when inspector arrives, more hosile, lighting changes and so the mood changes
- Represents reality
- expensive, reflects family's wealth and social position
- more for show, not comfort or cosiness
- typical upper class, lack of family relationships
- "good solid furniture"
- solid - no feelings or emotion, not caring about anyone else like Mr B
-There are subtle hints that not is all as it seems.
-For example, early on we wonder whether the happy atmosphere is slightly forced.
-Sheila wonders where Gerald was last summer, Eric is nervous about something,
-Lord and Lady Croft did not attend the engagement dinner. This arouses interest in the audience - we want to find out what is going on
- Prieslty introduces dramatic irony in Mr B's speech
- as the audience we know how wrong he is, the Titanic does sink, there are two world wars etc.
- we doubt Mr B and from the beginning we can see that he is not a clever and is usually wrong
- also puts us at an advantage over the characters and makes us feel more involved.
- inspector could represent time
- is in control the whole time and is an inescapable precesence
- all the characters are waiting their turn to confess, like they are being judged by God
- cant escape their fate, have to face it
Ending / timing
- Inspector arrives just after Mr B's speech
- also the ending is on a cliffhanger
- adds to the overall drama and effect