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symbolises younger upper-class gentleman - sophisticated and stylish
"easy, well-bred young man-about town"
Leads playboy lifestyle
Sensitive - gives ring to Sheila -
"hope I can make you as happy as you deserve to be"
"I didn't ask for anything in return"
"she was desperately hard up and at that moment was actually Hungary"
when helped her
Immoral - having affair with Eva while with Sheila
Social superior to Birlings
Higher status than Birling but ststus and class don't matter to him as much eg. relationship with Eva, maybe because secure in his position
Genuine feeling for Eva - moved by her death
"I'd like to be alone for a while"
purpose in the play
At start agrees with Birling on everything
"you couldn't have done anything else"
after Birling reveals he fired Eva
Doesn't admit involvement at 1st - protecting reputation
At the end - like older Birlings can't see what the Inspector was teaching
When Sheila says killed Eva -
"Did we? Who say so?"
Towards end of play -
"everything's all right now, Sheila. What about this ring?"
Drives theory that Inspector is fake
"It's a hoax of some kind"
But how do you know it's the same girl?"