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1

Her stage description (age, personality, position)

“About fifty, a rather cold woman and her husband’s social superior”

2

Her mocking the classes

“girls of that class”

3

Putting the blame on Eva instead of herself

‘I’m very sorry. But I think she only had herself to blame’

4

Mrs. B bragging about her husbands power

‘you know, my husband was Lord Mayor only two years ago and that
he’s still a magistrate’

5

Putting the blame on the father of the child

“Go and look for the father of the child. It’s his responsibility.”

6

Doesn't want to be blamed

“I’ve done nothing wrong – and you know it.”

7

Downgrading lower classes

“She was giving herself ridiculous airs...claiming elaborate fine
feelings...that were simply absurd in a girl in her position.”

8

Giving class stereotypes

“As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money!”

9

Realising the suicide but not taking any blame

“I’m sorry she should have come to such a horrible end. But I accept
no blame at all”

10

Wanting the father to take blame in public

“he ought to be dealt with very severely-...make sure that he’s
compelled to confess in public his responsibility”

11

Acting like the inspector didn't make an impact on her

‘he certainly didn’t make me confess – I had done no more than my
duty’

12

Her name

Sybil Birling