- A 'heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties but rather provincial in his speech'.
- Owner of Birling and Co, a factory business.
- Was not born into a wealthy family; he worked for his wealth.
- A Magistrate and two years ago was Lord Mayor of Brumley.
- Very proud of his achievements, and tries (and fails) to impress the Inspector with his status and position in the community. Wishes to be knighted.
- Very protective of his reputation; as the investigation unfolds, he becomes increasingly concious that word will get out and his reputation will be tarnished.
- Pleased with engagement, as it raises the possibility of a business merger with Lord Croft's business.
- Very opinionated, and even goes so far to say that there will not be a war. This is highly ironic; the play…
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