ACT 1 OF INSPECTOR CALLS

ACT 1 OF INSPECTOR CALLS

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  • Now you've brought us together, and perhaps we may look to the time when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but are working together...
  • Oh- Gerald- you've got it-is it the one you wanted me to have? Now i really feel engaged.
  • There's a good deal of silly talk about these days-but and i speak as a hard-headed business man, who has to take risks and know what he's about-I say...there isn't a chance at war. The world's developing so fast that it'll make war impossible...
  • What about war?
  • Why, a friend of mine went over this new liner last week-The Titanic-she sails next week- and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable!
  • The way some of these cranks talk and write now,you'd think everybody has to look after everyone else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive-a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own- and-
  • What i wanted to say is-there's a fair chance that i might find a way into the next Honors list. Just a knighthood, of course.
  • Oh-i say-Congratulations!
  • RING RING!
  • The Birlings host a family dinner to celebrate Sheila and Gerald's engagement and Mr Birling makes a speech about his and Gerald's family's businesses.
  • We let them all come back-at the old rates-expect the four or five ringleaders, who started the trouble. I went down myself and told them to clear out. And this girl, Eva Smith, was one of them. She'd had a lot to say, i remember-far too much- so she had to go...
  • I'd like some information, if you don't mind, Mr Birling. Two hours ago a young woman died in the Infirmary. She'd been taken there this afternoon because she'd swallowed a lot of strong disinfectant...
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  • Mr Birling then makes another speech lecturing Gerald and Eric about prospects on historical events
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  • And so you used the power you had...to punish the girl just because she made you feel like that...
  • Mrs Birling and Sheila go into the drawing room and Mr Birling tells Gerald about his possible knighthood and then makes ANOTHER speech...
  • Why-you fool-he knows! And i hate to think how much he knows that we don't know yet. You'll see...
  • I'm sorry Sheila...don't say anything to the Inspector!
  • An Inspector arrives and questions Mr Birling about his involvement of a young woman's suicide and figures out that she used to work at one of Mr Birling's factories...
  • If you don't come down sharply on some of these people, they'd be soon asking for the earth...
  • They might. But after all it's better to ask for the earth than to take it...
  • The Inspector then questions Sheila and figures out she was the reason for Eva losing her job at Milwards...
  • Yes, but it didn't seem to be anything very terrible at the time...
  • Sheila finds out about Gerald's affair when the Inspector reveals that Eva also went by the name Daisy Renton.
  • So first she changed her name to Daisy Renton...
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