Eric Birling (Eric Birling is a troublesome son (Irresponsible ('I…
Eric Birling is a troublesome son
Isolated from the rest of family
Forced himself on Eva when drunk
Deeply regrets his actions
'I didn't even remember - that's the hellish thing'
'You don't understand anything. You never did'
'My God - I'm not likely to forget
'I was in that state when a chap easily turns nasty'
Priestley drops hints that Eric isn't all right
'not quite at ease'
He interrupts Sheila and Gerald
Eric acts suspiciously and seriously
'I don't think it's very funny'
Eric's not the only one
Eric meets Eva at the stalls bar
Birling's 'respectable' friends go to the stalls bar to find women
They inhabit a pretty murky world
He's the only one to have serious consequences
Eric's behaviour was not unusual
His parents don't want scandal
His laugh interrupts polite conversation earlier on
Eric is a villain and a victim
Feels isolated and unsupported
Shouts at his mother
'You don't understand anything. You never did. You never even tried -'
Obvious villain of the piece
'the fact remains that I did what I did'
'You lot may be letting yourselves out nicely'
Eric's been hiding some dirty secrets
His drunkenness and bad behaviour represents the dark side of family life
'familiarity with quick heavy drinking'
Got a prostitute pregnant
Stolen money from his father's business
These secrets are potential dynamite