An Inspector Calls

How does Priestley present Mr Birling when inspector comes in?

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When Edna announces that a police inspector named Inspector Goole is at the door, asking for Birling, Birling tells her to show him, commenting to Gerald that he is “on the Bench,” and that this may be “something about a warrant.”

The Inspector enters and, in short clipped sentences, greets Birling and refuses to accept a drink. Birling comments that, though he has been alderman and Lord Mayor, he has never seen the Inspector before, though he knows the “Brumley police officers pretty well.

Birling is self-confident and unfazed by the Inspector's appearance.