AIC Act 3 Part 1
Updated: 5/19/2020
AIC Act 3 Part 1
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  • "Exactly as at the end of Act Two. Eric is standing just inside the room and the others are staring at him."
  • You know, don't you?
  • "Eric shuts the door and comes further in."Sheila reveals to Eric what Mrs Birling had been saying about "the young man who got this girl into trouble", to which Eric replies:"(bitterly) You haven't made it any easier for me, have you, mother?"It is also revealed that Sheila told everyone about Eric's drinking problem. The other Birlings are a bit annoyed at her by this point.Eric askes for a drink.
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  • (explosively) No.
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  • (miserably) Could I have a drink first?
  • (firmly) Yes. ( As Birling looks like interrupting explosively) I know – he's your son and this is your house – but look at him. He needs a drink now just to see him through.
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  • Eric: Yes, I insisted - it seems. I'm not very clear about it, but afterwards she told me she didn't want me to go in but that - well, I was in that state when a chap easily turns nasty - and I threatened to make a row.
  • Inspector: You went with her to her lodgings that night?
  • Eric's story, part 1
  • Palace bar
  • Eva's lodgings
  • "He goes to open the door while Sheila takes her mother out. Then he closes it and comes in."
  • "(with a cry) Oh – Eric – how could you?"
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  • "(protesting) But – I want to –"
  • "(very sharply) You heard what I said. (Gentler.) Go on, Sybil."
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  • "(sharply) Sheila, take your mother along to the drawing-room-"
  • Back in present time....
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  • Around a fortnight later, Eric "happened to see her again in the palace bar".
  • Eric's story, continued
  • "She didn't want me to marry her. Said I didn't love her – and all that. In a way, she treated me – as if I were a kid. Though I was nearly as old as she was."
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  • " And the next time – or the time after that – she told me she thought she was going to have a baby. She wasn't quite sure. And then she was."
  • !?
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  • (Because the money was stolen)
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  • When Mrs Birling and Sheila return (just as Eric is seaking about the stolen money), Sheila reveals to him that Mrs Birling had seen her. Eric gets angry.
  • "(very distressed now) No – Eric – please – I didn't know – I didn't understand -"
  • "(furious, intervening) Why, you hysterical young fool – get back – or I'll - "
  • (almost threatening her) You don't understand anything. You never did. You never even tried – you -
  • "(frightened) Eric, don't – don't - "
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