Sible Birling – His Wife
Sheila Birling – His Daughter
Eric Birling – His Son
Edna – The Maid
All 3 acts which are faithful, transfer fix in the dining capacity of the Birling's issue in Brumley, an industrial city in the north Midlands.
It is an slumbemelody in emanate, 1912.
The dining capacity is of a fairly comprehensive cosmopolitan issue, appertaining to a thriving creator.
It has amiable-tempered-tempered-tempered dense wares of the date. The public commodities is corporeal and heavily consoled but not snug and homelike. (if a realistic set is used, then it should be swung tail, as it was in the genesis at the new theatre. By doing this, you can entertain the dining-consultation interior downstage dumelody act one, when it is needed there, and then swinging tail, can unearth the firefix for act two, and then for act three can exhibition a mean consultation delay a telephone on it, downstage of the fireplace; and by this opportunity the dining-consultation and it chairs entertain moved polite-behaved-behaved upstage. Producers who craving to elude this tricky duty, which involves two re-settings of the spectacle and some very considerate adjustments of the extra flats indispensable would be polite-behaved-behaved advised to negotiate delay an humdrum realistic set if simply consequently the dining-consultation becomes a offence. The portableing should be pink and familiar until the INSPECTOR arrives and then it should be brighter and harder.) The run of the defend, the lewd Birling's and Gerald are seated at the consultation, delay Arthur Birling at one end, his consort at the other, Eric downstage, and Sheila and Gerald seated upstage. EDNA, the parlormaid, is orderly purification the consultation, which has no cloth, of the dessert plates and champagne glasses, etc, and then replacing them delay a decanter of deportment, cigar box, and cigarettes. Deportment glasses are already on the consultation. All five are in the slumbemelody robes of the date, the men in tails and pure ties, not dinner-jackets.
Arthur Birling is a heavy-looking, a rather deportmententous man in this average fifties delay fairly still carriage but rather bucolic in this discourse. His consort is encircling fifty, a rather dispassioned dame, and her husband's gregarious preferable. Sheila is a moderately miss in her present twenties, very skin delay condition, and rather dazed. Gerald croft is an beautiful chap encircling thirty, rather too vigorous to be a cockney but very plenteous the polite-behaved-bred immature man-about-town. Eric is in his present twenties, not infalliblely at repose, half shy, half direct. At the gravity they entertain all had a amiable-tempered-tempered-tempered dinner, are celebrating a negativeional cause, and are skin delay themselves.
Arthur Birling: Giving us the deportment, Edna? That’s exact. ( he pushes it towards Eric..) you ought to relish this deportment, Gerald, as a stuff of occurrence, Finchley told me it's precisely the selfselfsimilar deportment your senior gets from him.
Gerald: Then it'll be all exact. The professor prides himself on activity a amiable-tempered-tempered-tempered magistrate of the deportment. I don’t feign to imply plenteous encircling it.
Sheila: (gaily, possessively) I should gay polite-behaved-behaved gard not, Gerald, I'd detest you to imply all encircling deportment – relish one of these purple-faced old men.
Arthur Birling: less, I’m not a purple-faced old man.
Sheila Birling: no, not yet. But then you don't imply all encircling deportment – do you?
Birling: (noticing that his consort has not transfern any) Now then, Sybil, you must a transfer a inconsiderable tonight. Exceptional cause, y' imply, eh?
Sheila: Yes, go on, mummy. You must swallow our bloom.
Mrs. Birling : (smiling) Very polite-behaved, then. Orderly a inconsiderable, felicitate you. (to Edna, who is encircling to go, delay tray.) all exact, Edna. I'll melody from the drawing-capacity when we neglect coffee. Probably in encircling half an hour.
Edna: (going) Yes, ma'am.
// Edna goes out. They now entertain all the glasses assiduous. Birling beams at them and clpresent relaxes.//
Birling: Well, polite-behaved-behaved – this is very finished. Very finished. Good-tempered dinner too, Sybil. Utter betray from me.
Gerald: (politely) Absolutely earliest collocate.
Mrs. Birling: (reproachfully) Arthur, you're not supposed to say such things-
Birling: Oh – after – I’m treating Gerald relish one of the origin. And I'm indisputable he won't goal.
Sheila: (delay mocking aggressiveness) Go on, Gerald – orderly your goal!
Gerald: (smiling) Wouldn't romance of it. In occurrence, I persist on activity one of the origin now. I've been intricate hanker sufficient, entertainn't I? (as she does not answer, delay past persistence.) Haven't I? You imply I entertain.
Mrs. Birling: (smiling) Of race she does.
Sheila: (half-serious, half gay) Yes – negative for all terminal summer, when you never came neighbomelody me, and I wondered what had happened to you.
Gerald: And I’ve told you – I was awfully occupied at the effects all that opportunity.
Sheila: (selfsimilar pitch as precedently) Yes, that's what you say.
Mrs. Birling: Now, Sheila, don't trepose him. When you're married you'll substantiate that men delay grave effect to do casually entertain to consume npresent all their opportunity and assuage on their duty. You'll entertain to get used to that, orderly as I had.
Sheila: I don't admire I allure. (half gay, half important, to Gerald.) So you are circumspect.
Gerald: Oh – I allure, I allure.
//Eric suddenly guffaws. His parents face at him.//
Sheila: (severely) Now – what's the taunt?
Eric: I don't imply – veritably. Suddenly I felt I orderly had to laugh.
Sheila: You're squiffy.
Eric: I’m not.
Mrs. Birling: What an seem, Sheila! Veritably the things you misss enucleate up these days!
Eric: If you gard that's the best she can do
Sheila: Don't be an ass, Eric.
Mrs. Birling: Now bung it, you two. Arthur, what encircling this far-famed toast of yours?
Birling: Yes, of race. ( clears his throat.) polite-behaved, Gerald, I imply you assentd that we should simply entertain this still inconsiderable origin cause. It's a compassion Sir George and – we – lady croft can't be delay us, but they're aloof and so it can't be succored. As I told you, they sent me a very finished cable – couldn't be finishedr. I'm not mean that we're celebrating stillly relish this-
Mrs. Birling: Plenteous finishedr veritably.
Gerald: I assent.
Birling: So do I, but it finds discourse-making past difficult-
Eric: (not too rudely) Well. Don't do any. We'll swallow their bloom and entertain done delay it.
Birling: No, we won't. It's one of the happiest nights of my condition. And one day, I vision, Eric, when you entertain a daughter of your own, you'll imply why. Gerald, I’m going to utter you frankly, delayout any pretenses, that your pledge to Sheila instrument a awful lot to me. She'll find you merry, and I’m indisputable you'll find her merry. You're orderly the skin of son-in-law I regularly neglected. Your senior and I entertain been affectionate rivals in duty for some opportunity now – though crofts scant are twain older and bigger than Birling and troop – and now you've brought us conjointly, and peradventure we may face progressive to the opportunity when Crofts and Birlings are no hankerer competing but are effecting conjointly – for inferior costs and surdeparture prices.
Gerald: Hear, hear! And I gard my senior would assent to that.
Mrs. Birling: Now, Arthur, I don't gard you ought to talk duty on an cause relish this.
Sheila: Neither do I. All wickedness.
Birling: Perfectly so, I assent delay you. I simply mentioned it in departure. What I did neglect to say was – that Sheila’s a propitious miss – and I gard you're a moderately propitious immature man too, Gerald.
Gerald: I imply I am – this unintermittently anyhow.
Birling: ( prominence his glass) So less's cravinging the couple of you – the very best that condition can carry. Gerald and Sheila.
Mrs. Birling: (prominence her glass, smiling) Yes, Gerald. Yes, Sheila cosset. Our congratulations and very best cravinges!
Gerald: Felicitate you.
Mrs. Birling: Eric!
Eric: (rather noisily) All the best! She's got a impure assuage casually – but she's not bad veritably. Good-tempered old Sheila!
Sheila: Chump! I can't swallow this, can I? When do I swallow?
Gerald: You can swallow to me.
Sheila: (perfectly and important now) All exact then. I swallow to you, Gerald.
//for a gravity they face at each other//
Gerald: (quietly) Felicitate you. And I swallow to you – and vision I can find you as merry as you justify to be.
Shelia: (intricate to be portable and still) You be circumspect – or I’ll begin whine.
Gerald: (smiling) Well, peradventure this allure succor to bung it. (he produces a melody occurrence.)
Sheila: (excited) Oh – Gerald – you’ve got it – is it the one you neglected me to entertain?
Gerald: (giving the occurrence to her) Yes – the very one.
Sheila: (insertion out the melody) Oh – it's wonderful! Face – mummy – isn't it a embellishment? Oh – cosset -
(she kisses Gerald hastily.)
Eric: well-regulated the buffs!
Sheila: (who has put the melody on, admiringly) I gard it's infallible. Now I veritably reach chosen.
Mrs. Birling: So you ought, cosset. It's a charming melody. Be circumspect delay it.
Sheila: circumspect! I'll never let it go out of my spectacle for an second.