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1

Age and Descriptions

“In his early twenties, not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive”

2

Eric mocking his fathers pay for his employees

“Why shouldn’t they try for higher wages? We try for the highest
possible prices”

3

Eric understanding the difficulty for the working class

“it isn’t as if you can go and work somewhere else.”

4

Eric not understanding the struggle of Eva

“He could have kept her on instead of throwing her out. I call it tough
luck.”

5

Eric looked after Eva

“I’d have let her stay”

6

Eric blames his wrong choices on the image of men and society

“Well I was in that state when a chap easily turns nasty- and I
threatened to make a row”

7

Eric doesn't call it abuse because he regrets it a lot

“And that’s when it happened. And I don’t even remember- that’s the
hellish thing.”

8

Eric used Eva for sex

“I wasn’t in love with her or anything- but I liked her- she was pretty
and a good sport-”

9

Eric saying that Eva treated him like a child and not a person with responsibilities.

“she didn’t want me to marry her. Said I didn’t love her- and all that. In
a way, she treated me- as if I were a kid. Though I was nearly as old as
she was.”

10

Eric saying that his dad isn't a person to talk to and get advice from

“You’re not the kind of father a chap could go to when he’s in trouble-
that’s why.”

11

Eric putting the blame all on Mrs. Birling for turning her down

“Then- you killed her. She came to you to protect me- and you turned
her away-yes, and you killed her-and the child she’d have had too- my
child- your own grandchild- you killed them both- damn you, damn
you-”

12

Eric calling the inspector and inspector for their lives

“He was our police inspector all right”

13

Eric understanding that everyone had a part in Eva's death

“(shouting) And I say the girl’s dead and we all helped to kill her- and
that’s what matters-”