Summary of an inspector calls

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We are members of one body. Mrs Birling said she didn't believe any of this and turned the girl away. Sheila gives her engagement ring back to Gerald.

The phone rings, and Arthur answers. A cold and joyless woman, she finds the Inspector's tone and manner highly unpleasant.

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As the leader of a charitable organisation, she assumes a social and moral superiority over Inspector Goole, whose questioning style she frequently refers to as "impertinent" and "offensive". The Inspector explains that he is here to investigate the death of a girl who died two hours ago in the Infirmary after committing suicide by drinking disinfectant.

Goole reveals that Gerald had installed Eva as his mistress, becoming "the most important person in her life", before abruptly cutting her off. Arthur makes a call to the chief constable, who confirms this.

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When all but Sheila and Gerald leave the room, Sheila accuses Gerald of having had an affair with Daisy Renton the previous summer. When he learnt that she was homeless and penniless, he offered her a room owned by a friend of his and gave her some money.

After Inspector Goole leaves, the family begin to suspect that he was not a genuine police inspector.

An inspector calls summary act 2

He accepts no blame for her suicide. Gerald's revealed affair with Eva puts an end to the relationship, though Sheila commends him for his truthfulness and for his initial compassion towards the girl. Arthur believes that the family has been hoaxed, and that this is a good thing, since their misdeeds will not now result in public scandal. He put her up in a cottage he was looking after, made love to her, and gave her gifts of money, but after a while, he ended the relationship. Gerald tells the Inspector he is going to leave for a walk. The Inspector turns to Gerald and asks if he knows someone named Daisy Renton. Act 3 Eric is revealed as the father. When the women leave the room, Mr Birling lectures his son, Eric Birling , and Gerald about the importance of every man looking out for himself if he wants to get on in life. Following dinner, Arthur lectures them on the importance of self-reliance and looking after one's own, and talks of the bright future that awaits them which, he hopes, will include a place for himself on the honours list. The evening is interrupted by a man calling himself Inspector Goole, who is investigating the suicide of Eva Smith. At the end of the play, Gerald suggests that Eva Smith may not have been the same person but rather a collective personification of all the different working-class women that the family had exploited, invented by Goole to make the family feel guilty. The female Birlings do not seem to believe Eva knows her place, and Sybil describes her as "impertinent" rather than meek and grateful as she should be towards her social superiors.

Birling used her influence to have the committee refuse to help the girl.

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Summary of An Inspector Calls