An Inspector Calls
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.Oliver Wendell Holmes
- Inspector Goole: We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.
- Inspector Goole: Isn't he used to drinking?
- Sybil: No, of course not. He's only a boy.
- Inspector Goole: No, he is a young man, and some young men drink far too much.
- Sheila: And Eric's one of them.
- Sheila: You mustn't try to build up a kind of wall between us and that girl. If you do, then the Inspector will just break it down. And it'll be all the worse when he does.
- Inspector Goole: (massively) Public men, Mr. Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges.
- Sybil Birling: I think it was simply a piece of gross impertinence - quite deliberate - and naturally that was one of the things that prejudiced me against her case.
- Eric: I did what I did. And mother did what she did. And the rest of you did what you did to her. It's still the same rotten story whether it's been told to a police inspector or to somebody else.
- Inspector Goole: But after all, it is better to ask for the world than to take it.
- Inspector Goole: (sternly) You see, we have to share something. If there's nothing else, we'll have to share our guilt.
- Inspector Goole: (grimly) Don't worry, Mrs Birling. I shall do my duty.
- Sheila: (laughs rather hysterically) Why - you fool - he knows. Of course he knows. And I hate to think how much he knows that we don't know yet. you'll see. You'll see.