Key Quotations: An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls key quotations



“a pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited”

 “I’ll never, never do it again to anybody.”

“He’s giving us rope – so that we’ll hang ourselves”

“You’re pretending everything’s just as it was before.”

gerald20croft“We can keep it from him”

“She told me she’d been happier than she’d ever been before”“Everything’s alright now Sheila. What about this ring?”

“an attractive chap about thirty, rather too manly to be a dandy but very much the easy well-bred young man about town”



“heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties with fairly easy manners but rather provincial in his speech”.

“I was an alderman for years – and Lord Mayor two years ago – and I’m still on the bench”.

“I’m talking as a hard-headed, practical man of business”.

“If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward”.

“The famous younger generation who know it all. And they can’t even take a joke – ”.

“It turned out unfortunately, that’s all”.



‘Naturally that was one of the things that prejudiced me against her case’

‘I did nothing that I’m ashamed of or that won’t bear investigation’

‘As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money!’

‘Girls of that class’

‘I accept no blame for it at all’

‘My child – your grandchild – you killed them both’



“half shy, half assertive”

“suddenly guffaws”

“I was in that state when a chap easily turns nasty”

“as if she were an animal, a thing, not a person”

“He was our police inspector all right”

“And I say the girl’s dead and we all killed her – and that’s what matters –“



“Burnt her inside out”

“We have to share something. If there’s nothing else, we have to share our guilt.”

“We often do on the young ones. They’re more impressionable.”

“One Eva Smith has gone –  but there are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us”

“We are responsible for each other”

“If men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish”