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A cover of a book reading “An Inspector Calls”, with a photo showing a woman’s face lit up by a light with a dark background. SubjectA mysterious inspector interrogates a wealthy English family about their responsibility for the death of a young working class factory girl. An Inspector Calls is a play written by English dramatist J.
Priestley, first performed in September 1945 in the Soviet Union and in 1946 in the UK. At the Birlings’ home in April 1912, Arthur Birling – a wealthy factory owner and local politician – and his family are celebrating the engagement of daughter Sheila to Gerald Croft, the son of one of Birling’s competitors, Crofts Limited. Also in attendance are Arthur’s wife Sybil and their children Sheila and Eric, both in their early twenties. Eric, the younger, has a terrible drinking problem that is not discreetly ignored and is a major part of the play. A man calling himself Inspector Goole arrives, interrupting the evening and explaining that a woman called Eva Smith has killed herself by drinking strong disinfectant.
He implies that she has left a diary naming names, including members of the Birling family. Goole produces a photograph of Eva and shows it to Arthur, who acknowledges that she worked in one of his mills. Sheila enters the room and is drawn into the discussion. After prompting from Goole, she admits to recognising Eva as well. She confesses that Eva served her in a department store, Milwards, and Sheila contrived to have her fired for an imagined slight.
She admits that Eva’s behaviour had been blameless and that the firing was motivated solely by Sheila’s jealousy and spite towards a pretty working-class woman. Sybil enters the room and Goole continues his interrogation, revealing that Eva was also known as Daisy Renton. Gerald starts at the mention of the name and Sheila becomes suspicious.