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Act 1 Key Quotes


“Perhaps we may look forward to the time when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but are working together - for lower costs and higher prices”

“As a hard-headed business man, who has to take risks and know what he’s about - I say, you can ignore all that silly pessimistic talk”

“I gather there’s a very good chance of a knighthood - so long as we behave ourselves, don’t get into the police court or start a scandal - eh?”

“you’d think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive - community and all that nonsense”

“Still, I can’t accept any responsibility. 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?”

“Rubbish! If you don’t come down sharply on some of these people, then soon be asking for the earth”


Act 2 Key Quotes


“(angrily) Inspector, I’ve told you before, I don’t like the tone nor the wanna way you’re handling this inquiry”


Act 3 Key Quotes


“You must give me a list of those accounts. I’ve got to cover this up as soon as I can”

“(angrily) […] There’ll be a public scandal”

“(angrily) Drop that. There’s every excuse for what both your mother and I did”

“That fellow obviously didn’t like us. He was prejudiced from the start. Probably a socialist”

“(triumphantly) […] The whole story’s just a lot of moonshine. Nothing but an elaborate sell!”

“(jovially) But the whole thing’s different now. Come, come, you can see that, can’t you? (Imitating Inspector in his final speech.) You all helped to kill her. (pointing at Shiela and Eric, and laughing.) and I wish you could have seen the look on your faces when he said that”

“(pointing to Eric and Shiela) now look at the pair of them - the famous younger generation who know it all. And they can’t even take a joke-“