One person and one line of inquiry at a time. Inspector: There are a lot of young women living that sort of existence, Miss Birling, in every city and big town in this country. Miss Birling has just been made to understand what she did to this girl. She feels responsible. You must have known what she was feeling. And you slammed the door in her face.
The Inspector arrives whilst the Birling family are celebrating the engagement of Sheila and Gerald. The stage directions state that he 'need not be a big man' but that he must create an ' impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness '. The Inspector investigates each family member one at a time and in doing so, reveals the consequences of their behaviour.
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He takes charge immediately and remains in control throughout. He remains solid as each of them breaks down and nothing distracts him from his purpose. He is clearly there to challenge and investigate. This unnerves the characters. Therefore, he is controlling the structure of the play.
A character with 'massiveness, solidity and purposefulness'. Inspector Goole is central to this play. The Inspector is in his fifties, dressed in a plain dark suit. Despite this description, the precise nature of his character is left ambiguous by Priestly, and it can be interpreted in various ways. With Sheila, the Inspector knows that she feels guilty, he leaves her admit herself that she cannot bare to be responsible for the girl's death. She is struck by the truth of what the Inspector says, showing that he is a powerful, manipulative and interesting character. Now that we have understood his character, we will be able to better understand the context of his key quotes.