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23 Cards in this Set

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"One person and one line of enquiry at a time, otherwise there's a muddle."

The Inspector - The inspector has a strange way of questioning people.

"It's my duty to ask questions"

The Inspector - He takes his work very seriously

"This girl killed herself - and died a horrible death. But each of you helped to kill her. Remember that. Never forget it."

The Inspector - Makes them all feel guilty and regretful about what they have done

"You've had children. ... And you slammed the door in her face"

The Inspector - Makes the incident relateable to Mrs Birling to try and get her to take responsibility

"We're respectable citizens and not dangerous criminals"

Mr Birling - Gets defensive and tries to protect his family.

"It isn't as if you can't go and work somewhere else."

Mr Birling - Feels like his sacking of Eva made little difference.

"A man has to make his own way"

Mr Birling - Feels that it is not his responsibility to ensure Eva's safety and happiness

"If we are all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward, wouldn't it?"

Mr Birling - Feels that he isn't responsible for Eva's death, just because he had a single interaction with her

"You know, of course, that my husband was Lord Mayor only two years ago and that he’s still a magistrate?"

Mrs Birling - Attempts to intimidate the inspector, but this doesn't work

"It's disgusting to me"

Mrs Birling - Disgusted by Gerald's affair with Eva

"Please don't contradict me like that"

Mrs Birling - Doesn't like people disagreeing with her or saying she's wrong

"A rather cold woman"

Mrs Birling

"These girls aren't cheap labour, they're people."

Sheila - Not happy with her fathers objectification of his workers. Sympathetic for Eva

"I can’t help thinking about this girl—destroying herself so horribly—and I've been so happy tonight."

Sheila - Feels very guilty, a lot more than the others (Except Eric)

"We've no excuse now for putting on airs."

Sheila - Realises that you can't lie to the inspector.

"It's you two who are being childish, tying not to face the facts."

Sheila - Stands up to her parents and shows she is more sensible than them.

"Whoever that chap was, the fact remains that I did what I did. And mother did what she did. And the rest of you did what you did to her. It’s still the same rotten story whether it’s been told to a police inspector or to somebody else."

Eric - Feels guilty, and tries to convince the rest of the family to accept theirs too.

"Besides, you're not the type to get drunk"

Eric (Spoken by Mrs Birling) - Mrs Birling is in denial, shows Eric has a secret life away from his parents

"Your trouble is you've been spoilt."

Eric (Spoken by Mr Birling) - Angered at Eric's theft, and tries to blame the whole incident on him.

"I don’t dislike you as I did half an hour ago, ------. In fact, in some odd way, I rather respect you more than I've ever done before."

Gerald (Spoken by Sheila) - Sheila respects Gerald for his honesty, despite his affair.

"I'm rather more upset by this business then I appear to be."

Gerald - Feels guilty, also upset that he has hurt Sheila by having an affair.

"You're the kind of son-in-law I always wanted"

Gerald (Spoken by Mr Birling) - Mr Birling believes that Gerald is similar to him.

"That was clever of you ------"

Gerald (Spoken by Mrs Birling) - Mrs Birling respects Gerald (Initially) and thinks that he is smart.