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The Germans don’t want war. … Everything to lose and nothing to gain by war
Birling’s Capitalist and naive views about war.
a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own
Birling’s Capitalist view.
But these girls aren’t cheap labour – they’re people
Sheila’s response to her father sacking Eva Smith.
She’d had a lot to say – far too much – so she had to go
Birling’s feelings about Eva and the strike
so long as we behave ourselves, don’t get into the police court or start a scandal - eh
Birling in reference to his supposed ‘knighthood’ – ironic statement – audience appreciation
It’s my duty to ask questions
Inspector Goole in response to Birling’s arrogant stance when questioned about his reasons for not giving a pay-rise to his employees.
If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward, wouldn’t it?
Birling refusing to take any responsibility for the consequences of sacking Eva Smith.