[PDF] An Inspector Calls and Other Plays Time and the Conways (Pengui…They may not have killed her, but through action — and inaction — they all played a role in the events that led to her death. Arthur dismissed her from her job at his mill, Sheila contrived to have her fired from her new post in a department store, both Gerald and Eric slept with her and Sybil denied her charity when she came to her in desperation. After Goole departs, Birling becomes suspicious and calls the chief constable. He discovers that there is no Inspector Goole and there have been no recent suicides. The ending twists things further, concluding with a phone call to the Birlings telling them that the police are on their way to talk to them about the death of a young woman in a suspected case of suicide. An Inspector Calls is scathing in its criticism of middle-class hypocrisy.
An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley: Worksheets
The play begins in a nice dining room, with the prosperous Birling family joyously celebrating the engagement of their daughter, Sheila , to Gerald Croft. Everybody is in good spirits. Birling gives a toast, and Gerald gives Sheila her engagement ring, which she puts on her finger very excitedly. A Police Inspector arrives, and reports that he is investigating the suicide of a young woman who recently swallowed disinfectant and died in the Infirmary. When he mentions that her name was Eva Smith , Mr. Birling identifies that she used to work at his factory, before he forced her to leave when she became the ring- leader of a strike for higher wages. When the Inspector shows Sheila a picture of the girl, she begins to sob and runs out of the room.