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1

Mrs Birling is (smiling) as she learns of no suicide reports...

This shows that she is relieved due to the dispersed risk of a scandal.

2

Sheila speaks (tensely) as she is 'frightened' by the way her parents speak...

This shows she has learned the impact of her actions.

3

Sheila - ' If it didn't end tragically then that's lucky for us,'

Creates irony as it reinforces how while they are free of a scandal they still committed cruel acts.

4

Where did Mrs Birling work?

At the Brumley Women's Charity Organisation. She felt help should only be offered to those deserving of it.

5

Mrs Birling is Mr Birling's 'social superior,' what could this suggest?

Sheila has engaged to Gerald as a result of Mr Birling's wishes to socially climb.

6

Men with important work to do spend nearly all their time and energy on their...

Business.

7

' A girl of that sort.'

A euphemism to show she looks down on lower classes.

8

Sheila (miserably) asks.

' So I'm really responsible?'

9

Sheila reflects on irony as she states ...

' It's you two who are being childish.'

10

'Don't contradict me like that.'

Mrs Birling is used to having her opinions accepted, showing she asserts authority over others.

11

Mrs Birling : ' you're behaving like a .... Tonight!'

' Hysterical child.'

12

When the truth about Eric comes out Sheila says..

' Now mother, don't you see?' Showing how her refusal to take people younger seriously has caused her to suffer.

13

Sheila rejects Gerald by saying...

' I think you'd better take this with you.' As she offers him the ring.

14

Sheila's compassion towards the working class...

' these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people.'

15

Sheila trying to protect her mother from speaking out of line...

(With sudden alarm): mother - stop - stop!

16

Mrs Birling speaks ... To Sheila.

Severely.

17

How does Sheila respond to Mrs Birling's unwillingness to change?

' you're pretending everything's just as it was before!'

18

Mrs Birling's lack of seriousness towards the incident

She says they'll be 'as amused as we are,' by the morning.