An Inspector Calls

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  • Created on: 20-02-19 16:05

Inspector Goole 

Act 1  


"(Cutting in massively): You heard what I said before Mr Croft"  

"Sometimes there isn’t as much of a difference as you think," 


"And was it the girls fault?"  


"I think you remember Eva Smith now, don’t you, Mr Birling?" 


She wasn't pretty when I saw her today 

if it was left to me, I wouldn't know where to draw the line. 


I've thought that it would do us all a bit of good if sometimes we tried to put ourselves in the place of these young women 

Not intimidated by class 

Don't stammer and yammer at me again, man. I'm losing all patience with you people. 

You heard what I said before, Mr Croft. 


The stage directions that   describe the Inspector give the impression that he is an imposing figure. His tendency to interrupt and control the conversation adds to this impression too. ...he creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness. 


“I’m, not going until I know all that happened.”  

Act 2  


No hushing up, eh? Make an example of the young man, eh? Public confession of responsibility – um? 


you seem to have made a great impression on this child, inspector. 


You see, we have to share something. If there's nothing else, we'll have to share our guilt. 

Public men, Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges. 


“come along, mr croft.” 


"Her position now is that she lies with a burnt out inside on a slab." 

 “She was here alone, friendless, almost penniless s, desperate.” 

Act 3 

Priestley’s Voice 

We don't live alone. We are members of one body. 


if men will not learn that lesson, then they well be taught it in fire and bloody and anguish. 


Birling: “There's no Inspector Goole on the police. That man definitely wasn't a police inspector at all” 


each of you helped to kill her. Remember that. 


"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. Good night." 



Eric Birling  

Act 1  


Just keep quiet, Eric, and don't get excited. 

(to Eric) Look – just you keep out of this. 


(In response to it’s a free country)It isn't if you can't go and work somewhere else. 

Willing to speak up 

He could have kept her on instead of throwing her out. 

Lacking confidence 

"I don't know - really. Suddenly I felt I just had to laugh." 




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