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GCSE English (An Inspector Calls) Flashcards on CHARACTER QUOTES -AN INSPECTOR CALLS, created by Mel Hughes on 04/17/2017.

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GERALD: At the start, he denies that he's involved "I don't come into this suicide business"
GERALD: He tries to hide the fact that he knows Eva/Daisy "We can keep it from him"
GERALD: When he starts to talk about her death, he appears genuinely upset and goes out for a walk "I’m rather more – upset – by this business than I probably appear to be – "
GERALD: The Inspector isn’t as harsh on him as he is on Mr and Mrs Birling – he notes that at least Gerald . . . "had some affection for her and made her happy for a time."
GERALD: When he finds out the Inspector was an imposter, he goes back to his normal ways and says . . . "Everything’s all right now Sheila."
SHEILA: She is described at the start as . . . "a pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited."
SHEILA: Even though she seems very playful at the opening, we know that she has had suspicions about Gerald when she mentions . . . "last summer, when you never came near me."
SHEILA: Although she has probably never in her life before considered the conditions of the workers, she shows her compassion immediately she hears of her father's treatment of Eva Smith: "But these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people."
SHEILA: She is horrified by her own part in Eva's story. She feels full of guilt for her jealous actions and blames herself as "really responsible."
SHEILA: She is angry with her parents in Act 3 for trying to . . . "pretend that nothing much has happened." "It frightens me the way you talk:"
ERIC: He is described at the start as "in his early twenties, not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive."
ERIC: Eric seems embarrassed and awkward right from the start. The first mention of him in the script is . . . "Eric suddenly guffaws,"
ERIC: It soon becomes clear to us (although it takes his parents longer) that he is a hardened drinker. Gerald admits . . . "I have gathered that he does drink pretty hard."
ERIC: When he hears how his father sacked Eva Smith, he supports the worker's cause, like Sheila. "Why shouldn't they try for higher wages?"
ERIC: He feels guilt and frustration with himself over his relationship with the girl. "Oh - my God! - how stupid it all is!" - horrified that his thoughtless actions had such consequences.
ERIC: He is appalled by his parents' inability to admit their own responsibility. "I'm ashamed of you."
GERALD: He tells Inspector Goole that he arranged for her to live in his friend's flat "because I was sorry for her;"
GERALD: She became his mistress because "She was young and pretty and warm-hearted - and intensely grateful."
INSPECTOR: He is described on his entrance as "... He speaks carefully, weightily, and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking. "
INSPECTOR: He is a figure of authority. He deals with each member of the family very firmly and several times we see him "massively taking charge as disputes erupt between them."
INSPECTOR: He leaves the family with the message . . . AND warns them of the (...) that will result if they do not pay attention to what he has taught them. "We are responsible for each other" "fire and blood and anguish"
EVA/DAISY: The Inspector, Sheila Gerald and Eric all say that she was "pretty."
EVA/DAISY: Gerald describes her as "very pretty - soft brown hair and big dark eyes."
EVA/DAISY: She came from outside Brumley: Mr Birling speaks of her being "country-bred."
MR BIRLING: He is described at the start as a "heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties but rather provincial in his speech."
MR BIRLING: He is aware of people who are his social superiors, which is why he shows off about the port to Gerald, "it's exactly the same port your father gets."
MR BIRLING: He claims the party is (...) because Sheila will be happy, and a merger with Crofts Limited will be good for his business. "is one of the happiest nights of my life."
MR BIRLING: He is extremely selfish: "a man has to make his own way."
MR BIRLING: He wants to hide the fact that Eric stole money: "I've got to cover this up as soon as I can."
MRS BIRLING: She is described at the start as "about fifty, a rather cold woman and her husband's social superior."
MRS BIRLING: is very dismissive of Eva, saying "Girls of that class."
MRS BIRLING: She sees Sheila and Eric still as (...) and speaks patronisingly to them. "children"
MRS BIRLING: She tries to deny things that she doesn't want to believe: Eric's drinking, Gerald's affair with Eva, and the fact that a working class girl would refuse money even if it was stolen, claiming "She was giving herself ridiculous airs."
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