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Key Quotes for 'An Inspector Calls'

Quotes organised by theme
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Mr Dean Colston's English

on 21 May 2013

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Transcript of Key Quotes for 'An Inspector Calls'

Act One
‘they... are pleased with themselves’ p. 2
Insp : ‘No work, no, money... half-starved’ p. 19
Act Three
‘Just used her for the end of a stupid drunken evening, as if she was an animal, a thing’ (insp about Eric) (p. 56)
‘there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us’ p. 56 Class + wealth Act One
Titanic = ‘unsinkable’
war ‘forgotten’ in ‘1940’ p. 7
Act Two
‘exactly as they were at the end of act one’
Act Three
‘I haven’t much time’p. 54 – well-made play – time on stage= our time as an audience
‘if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish’ Time Act One
‘half serious, half playful’ (repeated vice versa) p. 3
‘you’re just the kind of son-in-law I always wanted. Your father and I have been friendly rivals in business’ p.4
Act Two
‘I understand what happens when a man says he’s so busy at work’ p. 34
‘we’d have to start all over again’ p. 40
Act Three
‘Just used her for the end of a stupid drunken evening, as if she was an animal, a thing’ (insp about Eric) (p. 56) Romantic Relationships Act One
‘you’d think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive – community and all that nonsense’ p. 10
B: ‘I can’t accept any responsibility’ p. 14
Act Two
Mrs B: ‘I think she only had herself to blame’ p. 43
Act Three
‘each of you helped to kill her’ p. 55
Mr B – E ‘You’re the one I blame for this’ p. 57 Responsibility Act One
‘there’s been a lot of wild talk about possible labour trouble... Don’t worry. We’ve past the worst of it’ p. 6
Insp ‘It’s better to ask for the earth than to take it’ p. 15
Act Two
‘Public men, Mr B, have responsibilities as well as privileges’ p 41
Act Three
‘there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us’ p. 56
‘We are responsible for each other’ p. 66 Political Views Act One
Insp- Sheila: ‘You used the power you had... to punish the girl’
S: ‘They aren’t cheap labour, they’re people’ p. 19
‘Public men, Mr B, have responsibilities as well as privileges’ p 41
Act Two
‘Public men, Mr B, have responsibilities as well as privileges’ p 41
Act Three
Eric ‘You’re beginning to pretend now that nothing’s really happened at all’ p. 64
E: ‘It’s what happened to the girl and what we did to her that matters’ p. 65 Morality Act One
Birling ‘clearly relaxes’ when the maid leaves
Act Two
‘He [Meggarty] is a notorious womaniser’ p. 35
‘Carefully to the inspector [G]’ not to Sheila – importance of maintain public image
‘Public men, Mr B, have responsibilities as well as privileges’ p 41
Mr B: ‘a lot of young men’ (p. 40)
Mrs B: ‘impertinently made use of our name’ (p. 44 also used word on p. 33)
Act Three
Mrs B- ‘now I say we must discuss the matter quietly and sensibly to see if there’s anything to be done about it’ p. 63
Mr B ‘No police inquiry... No scandal’ p. 69 Public + Private Behaviour Objective:

To revise key quotes and themes An Inspector Calls
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