Sheila: Key Quotes & Worksheet

Sheila Birling

 

I have produced this page to help students revise for exam questions on Sheila.  If you learn key quotes about the character, you should be able to move on to consider how the character is presented by looking up each quote so that you can explore the significance of its appearance at that point in the play.  Unfortunately, you will not be able to see the row divisions very clearly but I have grouped some quotes together because they have a bearing on each other.  Complete the second and third columns.

Whilst the page numbers are unlikely to be the same in your copy of the play, they do give you an idea where to find the lines.

  • Act 1: 161 – 182;
  • Act 2: 183 – 201
  • Act 3: 202 onwards
QUOTE  DRAMATIC PRESENTATION  EFFECT ON AUDIENCE
[very pleased with life]p161So pleased with ourselves p185
Except for all last summer p162
I’ll never let it go out of my sight for an instant p165.  You and I aren’t the same people who sat down to dinner here. p194
[rather distressed] I can’t help thinking about this girl p175
[half-stifled sob]  p178
Why – you fool- he knows. p102
Well Gerald p182
I don’t understand about you p184
You’re beginning allwrongp185Mother, please don’t p 185I begged you and begged you to stop p201
Mrs Birling: Please be quiet Sheila p188
If she leavesnow … she’ll be alone with her responsibilityp184Between us we killed her p189
[With feeling] Mother, I think it was cruel and vile.  ?p195
I’m ashamed of it. p208
You’re pretending nothing much has happened p208
Well, he inspected us all right.  p215

 

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