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An Inspector Calls and Other Plays (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Mrs Birling: I'll tell you what I told her. Go and look for the father of the child. It's his responsibility. Gerald: (showing annoyance) Any particular reason why I shouldn't see this girl's photograph, Inspector? Gerald: she looked young and fresh and charming and altogether out of place down here. And obviously she wasn't enjoying herself. Old joe meggarty, half-drunk and goggle-eyed, had wedged her into a corner with that obscene fat carcass of his-- Inspector: Yes, I’m afraid it did. It was the last real steady job she had. When she lost it – for no reason that she could discover – she decided she might as well try another kind of life. Birling: (angrily) Inspector, I've told you before, I don't like the tone nor the way you're handling this inquiry. And I don't propose to give you much rope.

Money Matters Neurodiversity Preparing for University - Subject Reading Lists Reading For Pleasure Stationery Inspector: (cutting through, massively) I’ve been round to the room she had, and she'd left a letter there and a sort of diary. Like a lot of these young women who get into various kinds of trouble, she'd used more than one name. But her original name – her real name – was Eva Smith . An Inspector Calls at Theatr Clwyd and others 1987". www.abouttheartists.com . Retrieved 20 January 2023.

Sheila: (staring at him) yes. That's true. You know. ( she goes close to him, wonderingly .) I don't understand about you. Arthur Birling: Described as “a heavy-muscled​, rather portentous man in his middle fifties”, husband of Sybil, and father of Sheila and Eric Birling. Birling: (somewhat impatiently) Look – there's nothing mysterious – or scandalous – about this business – at least not so far as I’m concerned. It's perfect

Sheila: (eagerly) Yes, that's it. And I know I'm to blame – and I'm desperately sorry – but I can't believe – I won't believe – it's simply my fault that in that in the end she – she committed suicide. That would be too horrible –

The son of Sir George and Lady Croft of Crofts Limited, a competitor of Birling and Company, he is at the Birling residence to celebrate his recent engagement to Sheila. Gerald's revealed affair with Eva puts an end to the relationship, though Sheila commends him for his truthfulness and for his initial compassion towards the girl. Gerald believes that Goole is not a police inspector, that the family may not all be referring to the same woman, and that there may not be a body. Initially, he appears to be correct and does not think the Birlings have anything to feel ashamed of or worry about. He seems excited at the prospect of unmasking the "false" Inspector and seems almost desperate for others to believe him. Gerald: So if that's the only obstacle, sir, I think you might as well accept my congratulations now. Birling : No, we won't. It's one of the happiest nights of my life . And one day, I hope, Eric, when you've a daughter of your own, you'll understand why . Gerald, I’m going to tell you frankly, without any pretences , that your engagement to Sheila means a tremendous lot to me. She'll make you happy, and I’m sure you'll make her happy. You're just the kind of son-in-law I always wanted. Your father and I have been friendly rivals in business for some time now – though crofts limited are both older and bigger than Birling and company – and now you've brought us together, and perhaps we may look forward to the time when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but are working together – for lower costs and higher prices.

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