An Inspector Calls Summary

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What is the primary reason for Arthur Burling's pleasure about Sheila's engagement?

He is excited about the potential financial gains from the Croft family's business

What behavior does Eric Burling exhibit during the engagement celebration?

He engages in excessive drinking

What revelation causes shock and disbelief in the Burling family?

Eric Burling being the father of Eva Smith's child

What is the main reason for Inspector Ghoul's arrival at the Burling family's celebration?

To inform them of Eva Smith's suicide and implicate them in her death

What led to Eva Smith being fired from the Burling family's factory?

Instigating a strike for higher wages

What did Sybil Burling do when faced with an unmarried pregnant woman in need?

She turned her away from her charity

What relationship did Gerald Croft have with Eva Smith?

He had an affair with her

What action did Eric Burling take that led to shock within the family?

He took money from his father's business to support Eva Smith

What did Mr. Burling lecture about during the engagement celebration?

The need for self-importance

What was the name Eva Smith used as an alias?

Daisy Renton

What is the primary reason for Inspector Ghoul's arrival at the Burling family's celebration?

To deliver news of Eva Smith's suicide and implicate the Burlings in her death

What action did Eric Burling take that led to shock within the family?

He took money from his father's business to support Eva Smith

What did Sybil Burling do when faced with an unmarried pregnant woman in need?

She turned her away from her charity

What revelation causes shock and disbelief in the Burling family?

Gerald's affair with Eva Smith

What was the name Eva Smith used as an alias?

Daisy Renton

What is the main reason for Arthur Burling's pleasure about Sheila's engagement?

Potential financial gains from the Croft family's business

What behavior does Eric Burling exhibit during the engagement celebration?

He engages in excessive drinking

What led to Eva Smith being fired from the Burling family's factory?

Instigating a strike for higher wages

What did Mr. Burling lecture about during the engagement celebration?

Self-importance and ignoring societal needs

What relationship did Gerald Croft have with Eva Smith?

He had an affair with her

Study Notes

  • The story takes place in Brumley, a town in the English Midlands, where the wealthy Burling family is celebrating Sheila's engagement to Gerald Croft.
  • Arthur Burling, Sheila's father, is pleased about the engagement due to potential financial gains from the Croft family's business. He is also about to receive a Knighthood.
  • Eric Burling, Sheila's brother, behaves strangely and drinks excessively during the engagement celebration.
  • Mr. Burling gives a speech about self-importance and ignoring societal needs.
  • Inspector Ghoul arrives, informing Mr. Burling of Eva Smith's suicide that night. She left behind a diary implicating the Burlings in her death.
  • Eva Smith, also known as Daisy Renton, was fired from the Burling family's factory for instigating a strike for higher wages.
  • Gerald admits to having an affair with Eva Smith, and Sheila confronts him.
  • Sybil Burling, Mr. Burling's wife, turned away an unmarried pregnant woman from her charity.
  • Eric is revealed to be the father of Eva Smith's child, resulting in the Burling family's shock and disbelief.
  • Eric had taken money from his father's business to support Eva, but she refused and went to Sybil's charity instead.
  • Inspector Ghoul delivers a lecture to the Burling family about being responsible for one another's welfare and condemns their selfish actions.
  • Gerald questions the authenticity of Inspector Ghoul and discovers he may have been interacting with different girls.
  • No recent suicide reports are found at the morgue, leading the family to suspect they may have been deceived.
  • The Burling family begins to doubt the inspector's identity and the authenticity of the suicide case.
  • A woman has died by suicide, and an inspector is on the way to question the family.

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