1 She is described at the start as "a pretty girl in
her early twenties, very pleased with life and
2 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
3 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." Already, she is starting to change.
4 She is horrified by her own part in Eva's story. She
feels guilt for her jealous actions and blames herself
as "really responsible."
5 She is very perceptive: she realises that Gerald knew Daisy Renton
from his reaction, the moment the Inspector mentioned her name.
At the end of Act II, she is the first to realise Eric's part in the story.
Significantly, she is the first to wonder who the Inspector really is,
saying to him, 'wonderingly', "I don't understand about you." She
warns the others "he's giving us the rope - so that we'll hang
ourselves" (Act II) and, near the end, is the first to consider whether
the Inspector may not be real.
6 She is curious she genuinely wants to know about Gerald's part in the story.
It is interesting that she is not angry with him when she hears about the
affair: she says that she respects his honesty, suggesting she is becoming
7 She is angry with her parents in Act 3 for trying to "pretend that
nothing much has happened." Sheila says "It frightens me the way you
talk:" she cannot understand how they cannot have learnt from the
evening in the same way that she has.
8 At the end of the play, Sheila is much wiser. She can
now judge her parents and Gerald from a new
perspective, but the greatest change has been in
herself: her social conscience has been awakened
and she is aware of her responsibilities.