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An Inspector Calls - Letter 07, Washington Street, Ashford, Kent, England, AS7 3ED Dear Mr Belfour, It is my great pleasure to inform you that you have been selected to play the part of Inspector Goole in J.B.Priestley's famous production "An Inspector Calls". I hope sincerely that you can make the rehearsal dates enclosed. I shall, in this letter, explain how I think Inspector Goole should be played. After reading an Inspector calls, I am sure it is obvious to any one who watches it that the inspector is not what he seems at all. At first you have no suspicions of the Inspector, but as the play gradually moves on it slowly dawns on you that the Inspector might be an impostor. In this letter I am going to write about a few different points, and who the Inspector might be. All of my theories may be correct but we will never know which theory is actually right. The Inspector is obviously as real as all the other characters in body and can eat and drink and is solid. I know that J.B.Priestley became very interested in the fourth dimension and time. That is why I think that the inspector may have gone back in time or there might have been a time slip of some sort to make sure that these people knew what they had done. ...read more.


I think there is a possibility that the Inspector could be Eva Smith and just goes back to haunt them. This maybe quite far fetched by I would not rule it out completely, because if it were true then it would explain everything. Another quite reasonable explanation would be that the "Inspector" actually phoned them up and pretended to be the police just to give them one last scare. I think that a real Inspector would leave far more formally rather than just storming out: Inspector: But just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone, but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night. He walks straight out, leaving them staring subdued and wondering. Sheila is still crying. Mrs Birling has collapsed into a chair. Eric is brooding desperately. Birling, the only active one hears the front door slam, moves hesitatingly towards the door, stops, looks gloomily at the other three, then pours himself out a drink, which he hastily swallows. ...read more.


He would use a careful, steady voice Sheila - very caring and. He would think of her as a sad, inexperienced girl who deserves looking after. He would realise that because she has been a bit spoilt through her short life, she would have had no idea about just how important her comments to Eva Smith were at the time. He would use a gentle, soothing voice to get through to her and coax her thoughts and truths out of her. In this play it appears that for each person, the Inspector adopts a different posture and tone for each character in the play, even if they come one after the other in a string of long speeches. The audience reacts to the Inspector as though he was in fact some sort of premonition. His character would be very mysterious and leave his audience thinking about who or indeed what he really was until long after the performance. This is exactly the kind of atmosphere Priestley wished to create on the set. I think you will agree with me when I say that the Inspector is one of the most shrouded and mysterious figures ever seen on stage. Please find enclosed, a marked copy of the playscript. I hope you can be present at the production and that you will enjoy your time with my fellow theatre workers and myself. I look forward to meeting you at the first rehearsal. Yours sincerely, Henry H. Dean (Director) ...read more.

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