"an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness. He is a man in his fifties, dressed in a plain darkish suit. He speaks carefully, weightily, and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking. "
"one person and one line of enquiry at a time."His method is to confront a suspect with a piece of information and then make them talk - or, as Sheila puts it,
"he's giving us the rope - so that we'll hang ourselves."
"massively taking charge as disputes erupt between them."He is not impressed when he hears about Mr Birling's influential friends and he cuts through Mrs Birling's obstructiveness.
"Of course he knows."
"I'm waiting... To do my duty"just before Eric's return, as if he expected Eric to reappear at exactly that moment
"I haven't much time."Does he know that the real inspector is shortly going to arrive?
"We are responsible for each other"and warns them of the
"fire and blood and anguish"that will result if they do not pay attention to what he has taught them.
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