Eric gave her money to keep her going—until she refused to take any more money. In the middle of the film, he inspects his pocket watch and asks Eric to enter the room. Birling has collapsed into a chair, Eric is brooding, and Birling pours himself a drink. Evidence Analysis Lacking confidence At the start of the play Eric is very unsure of himself. We discover early on in the play that Eric has a drinking problem and that he has been drinking steadily for almost two years. They start to piece together how a fake Inspector might have pulled off the interrogation.
Yet we never suspect, when Gerald leaves, that part of his motivation for going might be some interrogation of his own; when he returns, that is precisely what he has been doing. In the original play, the Inspector's name was Inspector Goole. Eva, Eric says, did not want him to marry her; she told him that he did not love her. The play has already created a contrast between legality and morality. You're beginning to pretend now that nothing's really happened at all. He fears for the public scandal that will surely result from the investigation and that might harm his chances at a knighthood.
It's still the same rotten story whether it's been told to a police inspector or to somebody else. Birling react is incredibly well-observed. This revelation is again undercut when, at the very close of the play, Arthur receives word that an unnamed girl has died in the local hospital from ingesting disinfectant. Nobody's brought her to life, have they? Arthur Birling - The patriarch of the Birling family. They don't care about hi, as much as they care about what other people will think of them. It is his wife, though, who seems to remain more ominously unchanged.
Eric lacks self-control so his secret gets out. It's still the same rotten story whether it's been told to a police inspector or to somebody else. Eric continues: he saw the girl a number of times after, and one of the times, she told him she was pregnant. The precise nature of his character is left ambiguous by Priestley, and it can be interpreted in various ways. Sheila's refusal to renew her engagement to Gerald is a refusal to go back to the unthinking, comfortable state she occupied before. Assertive Like Sheila he can be assertive as well.
Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. The removal of the legal and therefore social consequences of what has happened widens the split between the family members. He interrupts Sheila and Gerald when he 'suddenly guffaws' but says he doesn't know why he's laughing. Sheila Birling Engaged to be married to Gerald. Arthur Birling Husband of Sybil, father of Sheila and Eric.
You can see his 'familiarity with quick heavy drinking' in the way he pours his whisky in Act Three. However, in the spoken word, 'Goole' and 'Ghoul' are the same and therefore the final denouement of the film may be anticipated by the audience and much of the suspense lost. The rest of the family sees it too. Through Eric, Priestley shows that excessive drinking and casual relationships can have consequences. A girl has just died—on her way to the Infirmary—after swallowing some disinfectant. He is a secret alcoholic who is going to inherit his father's business. He is a heavy drinker and has been for a while.
The girl's use of the name Mrs. He is not a social equal of his fiancé, and we do not find out a great deal about him—other than, of course, his dealings with Eva. The play suggests Eric's behaviour us normal for a middle class man. It turns out that Eric had an affair with Eva Smith and that she was pregnant with Eric's baby when she committed suicide. He believes that he and his wife uphold right values. She subsequently had relationships with Gerald Croft and then Eric Birling by whom she became pregnant.
According to you, I ought to feel a lot better - To Gerald I stole some money, Gerald, you might as well know - As Birling tries to interrupt. It's a free country, I told them. And the rest of you did what you did to her. Also like Gerald, he tried to be responsible in providing the girl with money; unlike Gerald, however, as will soon be seen , the money he provided was obtained illegally. Instead the Inspector silences them. On the night the play takes place, he is hosting a dinner at which Gerald Croft and his daughter Sheila are guests of honor.