J.B.Priestley’s play, An Inspector Calls - Eva Smith's Diary

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I've just got back from my summer vacation. It was lovely. I'm really looking forward to going again next year. Life's looking up at the moment. It's great! Just one problem though, the money I'm receiving at the factory. I've spoken to quite a few other girls on vacation and they earn much more than twenty-two and six. I'll speak to Mr. Birling tomorrow to ask him about raising it to 25 shillings a week. I don't see why not myself. I'm a good worker and have been in the factory over a year. We'll just have to see what he says.

12th September 1910

That's it! I'm not taking any more. A few other girls and me, who are sick of the terrible money, are going on strike. He'll have to raise our weekly wage then won't he; well
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I'm having non of this nonsense about pay rise." He said. I was shocked; it was an absolute disgrace. I've got to find a new job now. The first thing that comes up I will take because I'm really broke.

2nd December 1910

Today was my first day at Millwards. The customers and the shop assistance I worked with were all really friendly. I enjoyed working for once. Beautiful clothes and smart people surrounded me. The pay is a little bit better than at the factory; well of course it would be because Mr. Birling is just a tight, stuck-up old man! He only cares about money. I have no idea how his wife can live with him, I certainly never could. I had the most wonderful meal at Millwards. I'm so happy! I feel like someone again and not something.

28th January 1911

I can't believe this; I've been sacked from Millwards. This is terrible. Somebody complained about me. How could they complain about me though? I haven't done anything wrong at all. Someone's obviously been making up a pack of lies, haven't they? Yet again, I'm cold, hungry, soon homeless if I don't get some money together, all because
I've been sacked for the second time. My life's not worth living.
Every time something good happens it always ends up going wrong. I want a fresh start, I believe things will be better then. And I'm going to start the changes by changing my name to Daisy Renton.

4th March

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