the Birling's and Gerald croft are enjoying a dinner to celebrate the engagement of Gerald and Sheila
Sheila, partly serious light-hearted, reproaches Gerald for neglecting her last summer. Mrs Birling, who says little, stresses thats men like Gerald and Mr Birling are committed to their businesses
Eric, who is slightly drunk, suddenly bursts out laughing, to the annoyance of his parents and sheila.
Mr Birling makes a speech congratulating the engaged couple and expressing his pleasure at the match. he hopes their marriage will lead to closer links and greater profits for the Birling and croft companies.
the family raise a toast to the couple and, to sheilas delight, Gerald presents her with an engagement ring
Mr Birling gives another speech dismissing recent strikes among the workers and extolling his belief in a successful future for employers like himself. he also dismisses the possibility of a war with Germany.