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An Inspector Calls Timeline
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An Inspector Calls
The Curious Case of Eva Smith
The Birlings host a celebratory dinner party
for Sheila & Gerald's engagement.
Celebratory Dinner at the
Sir Danvers Carew
A Member of Parliament and a distinguished gentleman and well-known citizen, of whom represents the civilized world and polite society.
The cats are out of the bag
Mr. Birling reveals that he sacked Eva Smith following her publicly expressed request of a pay rise
Sheila explains that she had Eva fired from her next job at Millwards
A Mysterious Inspector Arrives
Just as Mr. Birling reaches the apex of his confidence, an inspector arrives to investigate a suicide..quite a character.
Gerald admits that he kept Daisy as his mistress
..and they keep coming
Mrs. Birling admits to denying a pregnant woman help at her committee
Eric is found out to be the father of Eva Smith's child. He then explains their relationship
The Inspector leaves after delivering his final speech. Following his departure, the penny drops that the mysterious inspector may not be an inspector after all. The celebratory mood is almost restored, until a phone call tells Mr. Birling that an inspector is on his way to investigate a girl's suicide.
Eva Smith leads other workers on a strike after their request for a salary raise was turned down.
Workers' claims were not heard and the strike was called to an end. Mr Birling dismissed Eva Smith after her participation in the strike.
Sheila went shopping to Milwards. She tried on a dress that did not suit her but looked wonderful on the shop assisstant, Eva Smith. Sheila ensures Eva is fired.
A 'pretty' girl who worked for Birling and was fired, before working for Milwards and then being dismissed. Finally she turned to Mrs. Birling's 'charitable' committee for help, but she committed suicide two hours before the time of the beginning of the play. It is possible, though, that the story is not quite true and that she never really existed as one person. Gerald Croft's suggestion that there was more than one girl involved in the Inspector's narrative could be more accurate.
Eva changed her name to Daisy Renton as she started to work at the Palace.
Gerald Croft met Daisy Renton and took her in as her lover. He set her at a friend's apartment.
Gerald broke off hte affair with Daisy Renton. She was deeply hurt and left Brumley for a couple of months.
Eric and Eva meet. Eva found out she was pregnant and told Eric. He offered money to help her but, realising the money was stolen, she refused it.
Desperate, Eva turns to Mrs. Birling's committee for help, but is turned down.
Eva commits suicide
Engaged to be married to Sheila. His parents, Sir George and Lady Croft, are above the Birlings socially, and it seems his mother disapproves of his engagement to Sheila. He is, Priestley says, "an attractive chap about thirty ... very much the easy well-bred young-man-about-town."
In the words of Mrs. Holmes
Why Mr. Birling's Interested
Sir George and Lady Croft
Both have received knight/damehoods
Most likely the more successful
'competitor' of Birling & Co.
Birling sees the engagement as a business opportunity
Engagement could improve Birling's
chances of receiving his 'knighthood,
Engaged to be married to Gerald. Daughter of Arthur Birling and Sybil Birling, and sister of Eric. Priestley describes her as "a pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited," which is precisely how she comes across in the first act of the play. In the second and third acts, however, following the realisation of the part she has played in Eva Smith's life, she matures and comes to realize the importance of the Inspector's message.
The Inspector "need not be a big man, but he creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness." He is in his fifties, and he is dressed in a plain dark suit. He initially seems to be an ordinary Brumley police inspector, but (as his name might suggest) comes to seem something more ominous--perhaps even a supernatural being. The precise nature of his character is left ambiguous by Priestley, and it can be interpreted in various ways.
'The father, son and holy GHOST'
Possible religious / biblical referencing
Or the inspector is the omniscient being, as is God
Representative of collective consciences
Demonstrates Priestley's strong moral view
A spirit (within society/us)
In the words of Mrs. Holmes