AN INSPECTOR CALLS (HEINEMANN PLAYS FOR 14-16+) Hardcover – 1992
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Whatever triumphal joy they earlier felt is soon washed away as the Inspector informs them that a young woman by the name of Eva Smith has just died in the local infirmary, a painful suicide victim prompted by taking disinfectant. Gradually he draws everyone in the household into the picture. All are implicated in the tragic downfall leading to Eva's suicide. Mr. Birling fired her after she was a leader in a strike at his factory, resulting from her asking for a fair weekly wage. His daugher Sheila caused a dismissal from Eva's next job at a department store in a jealous rage over the young woman's good looks. Sheila's husband to be Gerald found a room for her temporarily, had an affair with her, then let her go. Eric Birling, Sheila's brother, impregnated her, after which she sought help from the charity committee headed by Mrs. Birling, who coldly spurned her.
The only two members of the Birling household who feel appropriately contrite are Eric and Sheila. When it appears that the incident might be a hoax the others are relieved, ignoring their abominable behavior toward the girl.Read more ›
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I am currently studying this book at school and am thourly enjoying it it is a great book and as i am doing an essay on it i thought im would come and get some review on it this... Read morePublished on July 4 2001
As many of the other readers, I read it at school, and we got the chance to see the play as well. It's a book that deserves to be analysed as the message is one to be learnt by... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2000
who killed the poor old woman who is the mysteryous insperctor, no one knowsPublished on Oct. 9 1999
I've read this play before we do it in school and I have to say that it is an EXCELLENT book. It was well written, suspenseful and makes you want to read on all the way. Read morePublished on July 1 1999
I read AIC at school this year, as well as seeing it on stage. I found it good when I first read it, but having to analyse everything really changed my opinion. Read morePublished on May 23 1999