Gerald Croft is an eligible bachelor
Seems like a good catch
Turns out Gerald's been lying
'I wasn't telling you a complete lie'
Leads the Birlings to realise the Inspector wasn't real
'the easy well-bred man-about-town'
'landed people and so forth'
'I should say so!' (Gerald agreeing with Birling)
He thinks he's done nothing wrong
Says that Daisy 'didn't blame me at all'
The Inspector isn't too harsh on him
'had some affection for her and made her happy for a time'
Left her and went on a business trip
Gerald's not simply bad or good
Priestley makes it hard to see him as just good or bad
Confident but also stubborn
Inspector asks him whether he thinks 'young women ought to be protected against unpleasant and disturbing things?'
People like Gerald do the unpleasant and disturbing things
Ability to separate his public, respectable image from secret, private acts
Gerald's got a rosy future ahead of him
Got a lot going for him
From an old county family
Works for 'Crofts Limited'
Relaxed and comfortable in this company
It's a future that looks an awful lot like Birling's
Like a younger version of Arthur Birling
Agrees with Birling on politics and women
Supports Arthur sacking Eva Smith
'You couldn't have done anything else'
He and Arthur are determined to take action at the end
Gerald's language shows he doesn't feel sorry for his actions
Priestley makes him sound less passionate
First character to use the word 'hoax'
Says 'Everything's alright now, Sheila' to comfort her