An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
PrologueEva and worker are talking down on a lower floor of the
factory, the walls are a bleak white and the ceiling a dirty cream
with yellowish cream patches where smoke has gathered and rested on
the paint. The floor is a dirty grey and along the edges the floor is
beginning to wear revealing the cold stone underneath. There are worn
tables in rows with tools across them with large machines used for
cutting fabric by each table. In the comer of each table lays a large
sewing machine and sprawled across the table are bits of fabric.
Sittings on shabby worn wooden chairs by the tables are the workers.
They are dressed in skirts and white shirts. They are also wearing
aprons, which again they are a brighter white than the shirts yet they
are not clean.
(Eva throws down her tools and sighs)
Eva: I wish we didn't have to do this same boring old job every day.
Worker: Yes this isn't even well paid, we are told that we get paid
standard factory wages which may be true, but we work twice as hard
and twice as many hours to get the money.
Eva: I know what you mean, I'd love to be able to work normal hours,
and get paid enough to pay the bills and to keep me well fed.
Worker: I know what we will do, tomorrow morning we will get the girls
together and march up to Mr. Birling's office and ask for a raise!
Eva: Oh no, I couldn't cause that much trouble, besides I'm happy with
what I have, I'd hate to lose this job. We have to be thankful for
what we already have.
Worker: Don't be silly. Tomorrow morning we'll get our well-earned
The scene is acted out in Mr. Birling's office; it is fairly large and
decorated in bland creamy white paint. The floor is wooden with an
ornate Persian carpet. The carpet is a deep red with oriental designs
from the period. There is a large intimidating desk facing the doorway
that gives the impression of massiveness when you walk in. It is dark
oak and has a classy expensive feel to it. The centre of the desk is
left bare, apart from an inkwell with three quills laid next to it
On each side there is neatly placed office equipment. On the left of
the table is a typewriter with paper adjacent to it. To the left of
the desk pressing against the wall there is a tall, lighter oak filing
cabinet, upon which there are some neatly arranged papers and a
planner astride the papers. To the left of the door there is a hat
stand with a single black tailor-made coat hanging from the nearest
hook. Pressed firmly against the adjacent wall there is a bookstand
filled with many large and faded books. At the end of the middle row
there is a single black and white photograph. There is a window to the
left of the bookshelf overlooking the road with a single quill laid