"in his early twenties, not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive."
"Eric suddenly guffaws,"and then he is unable to explain his laughter, as if he is nervous about something. (It is not until the final act that we realise this must be because of his having stolen some money.) There is another awkward moment when Gerald, Birling and Eric are chatting about women's love of clothes before the Inspector arrives. Do you feel that there is tension in Eric's relationship with his father?
"I have gathered that he does drink pretty hard."
"Why shouldn't they try for higher wages?"
"Oh - my God! - how stupid it all is!"as he tells his story. He is horrified that his thoughtless actions had such consequences.
"I'm ashamed of you."When Birling tries to threaten him in Act III, Eric is aggressive in return:
"I don't give a damn now."Do you think Eric has ever stood up to his father in this way before?
"We did her in all right."
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