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Quotes For An Inspector Calls

“You’re squiffy” – Sheila to Eric (Act 1)
-Shows brother sister relationship.
-Shows Eric drinks too much
Mr Birling: “I speak as a hard headed business man” (Act 1)
-Shows his pride in his hard earned success.
-Hard hearted
Mr Birling: “Unsinkable, completely unsinkable” (Act 1)
-Dramatic Irony. (Titanic would sink)
-Titatnic is a metaphor for the family.
“We really must stop these silly pretences” Sheila to Mrs Birling. (Act 2)
-Sheila can understand the Inspectors message.
-Shows a barrier growing between mother and daughter.
“Girls of that class” Mrs Birling to The Inspector (Act 2)
– Mrs Birling is big headed, she thinks her social standing is higher then others.
-Emphasis on ‘that’ shows her strong opinion on the lower class.
Gerald: “She was very pretty- soft brown hair and big dark eyes” (Act 2)
-He shows how much he noticed the positive features of her to take the attention away from what he has done.
Eric: “Youre not the kind of father a chap could go to when hes in trouble” (Act 2)
-Shows the weak relationship between father and son.
-Eric hasnt had anyone he could count on for something other than money.
The Inspector: “We are members of one body. We are responsoble for each other” (Act 3)
-This is the main message of The Inspector.
-Opposes Mr Birling’s views.
“Everythings alright now Sheila” Gerald to Sheila. (Act 3)
-Gerald hasnt understood the message of The Inspector.
-Doesnt see that Sheila has been changed by the visit of The Inspector.
The Inspector: “Each of you helped to kill her” (Act 3)
-Trys to make the family feel guilty.
-Shows that nobody in the family is without blame.
‘Well-bred, young-man-about-town’
Act One: A phrase to describe Gerald
‘Absolutely first class’
Act One: Gerald tries to sound posh and upper class
‘Except for all last summer, when you never came near me’ (Sheila)
Act One: Gerald seems to be slightly shady, especially to Sheila
‘I believe you’re right, sir’
Act One: Gerald sucks up to Mr. Birling by agreeing with whatever he says
‘We’re respectable citizens and not criminals’
Act One: Gerald initially cannot believe that they have done anything wrong
‘Now listen, darling-‘
Act One: Gerald tries to calm Sheila down by getting her to listen to him
‘I don’t come into this suicide business’
Act One: Gerald is sure that he has done nothing wrong that is anything to do with Eva Smith’s suicide
‘So – for God’s sake – don’t say anything to the inspector’
Act One: Gerald tries to conceal information from IG, not realising that he already knows everything
‘Women of the town-‘
Act Two: Gerald tries to be polite about the fact he used prostitutes whilst going out with Sheila
‘I didn’t install her there so that I could make love to her’ ‘It wasn’t disgusting’
Act Two: Gerald tries to make what he has been doing behind Sheila’s back sound less like he has been cheating on her
‘I was sorry for her’
Act Two: Gerald felt sorry for a young woman – this is controversial especially in front of the Birling’s
‘She didn’t blame me at all’
Act Two: Gerald tries to make himself feel better and take the blame off himself slightly
‘We’ve no proof it was the same photograph and therefore no proof it was the same girl’
Act Three: Gerald thinks that because he has decided IG wasn’t real, none of what they did actually happened
'The Titanic...absolutely unsinkable.'
‘The Titanic…absolutely unsinkable.’
Mr Birling: dramatic irony about development.
'Germans don't want war.'
‘Germans don’t want war.’
Mr Birling: dramatic irony about conflict.
'Nice, well-behaved family.'
‘Nice, well-behaved family.’
Mr Birling: dramatic irony about his family.
'Community and all that nonsense.'
‘Community and all that nonsense.’
Mr Birling: community/ Capitalism.
'A man has to... look after himself.'
‘A man has to… look after himself.’
Mr Birling: responsibility/ Capitalism.
'Girls of that class.'
‘Girls of that class.’
Mrs Birling: class difference/ prejudice.
'I did nothing I'm ashamed of.'
‘I did nothing I’m ashamed of.’
Mrs Birling: lack of responsibility.
'As if a girl of that sort would refuse money.'
‘As if a girl of that sort would refuse money.’
Mrs. Birling: preconception/ prejudice.
‘…famous younger generation who know it all.’
Mrs. Birling: youth vs. age.
'We helped to kill her.'
‘We helped to kill her.’
Eric: responsibility.
'Beginning...to pretend that nothing much has happened.'
‘Beginning…to pretend that nothing much has happened.’
Eric: young vs. old.
'As if she were an animal...not a person.'
‘As if she were an animal…not a person.’
Eric: social..class.
'You might have done better for yourself socially.'
‘You might have done better for yourself socially.’
Gerald: social attitudes/ class.
'We're respectable citizens not criminals.'
‘We’re respectable citizens not criminals.’
Gerald: class.
'Everything's alright now Sheila. (holds up ring.) What about this ring?'
‘Everything’s alright now Sheila. (holds up ring.) What about this ring?’
Gerald: change/ ignorance.
'I'm rather more - upset - by this business than I probably appear to be.'
‘I’m rather more – upset – by this business than I probably appear to be.’
Gerald: responsibility/ change.
'It frightens me the way you talk.'
‘It frightens me the way you talk.’
Sheila: young vs old.
'Don't be childish Sheila.'
‘Don’t be childish Sheila.’
Mrs Birling/ Sheila: generation gap
'I know I'm to blame.'
‘I know I’m to blame.’
Sheila: responsibility.
‘These girls aren’t cheap labour-they’re people.’
Sheila: class/ social attitudes.
'(she hands him the ring.)'
‘(she hands him the ring.)’
Sheila: change.
'All intertwined with our lives.'
‘All intertwined with our lives.’
Inspector: responsibility.
'And what happened to her afterwards may have driven her to suicide. A chain of events.'
‘And what happened to her afterwards may have driven her to suicide. A chain of events.’
Inspector: cause and effect.
'Public men have responsibilities as well as privileges.'
‘Public men have responsibilities as well as privileges.’
Inspector: class and responsibility.
'Millions and millions of Eva Smiths.'
‘Millions and millions of Eva Smiths.’
Inspector: social responsibility.
'We are members of one body.'
‘We are members of one body.’
Inspector: responsibility/ socialism
'If men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.
‘If men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.”
Inspector: class/ responsibility/ socialism
'...we've been had...it makes all the difference.'
‘…we’ve been had…it makes all the difference.’
Mr. Birling: lack of social and personal responsibility.
Its my duty to ask questions.
Act 1
It’s better to ask for the Earth than to take it.
Act 1
That’s something I have to find out.
Act 1
And why did you do that?
Act 1
I had an idea it might be.
Act 1
A nice little promising life there, I thought, and a nasty mess somebody’s made out of it.
Act 1
I’ve no more questions to ask you.
Act 2
Well we know one young woman who wasn’t, don’t we.
Act 2
I said yes – I do understand her. And she’s right.
Act 2
I’m losing all patience with you people.
Act 2
A girl died tonight. A pretty and lively sort of girl.
Act 2
No, he’s a young man. And some young men drink too much.
Act 2
(Cutting in with authority)
Act 2
He must wait his turn.
Act 2
(Firmly)
Act 3
Settle it afterwards.
Act 3
(With calm authority)
Act 3
We are all responsible for each other.
Act 3
By jingo! A fake! (Said about him.)
Act 3
Never seemed like an ordinary police inspector. (Said about him.)
Act 3
We hardly ever told him anything he didn’t know. (Said about him.)
Act 3
Prejudiced from the start. (Said about him.)
Act 3
Very peculiar and suspicious. (Said about him.)
Act 3
He was our police inspector.
Act 3