In the book, an Inspector Calls, there is one character that is often overlooked or overshadowed. Today, I want to lift the curtain and shed some light on literature's most infamous character: Edna.
My theory is that Edna is actually the inspector in disguise, think about it. Isn't it suspicious that we never see the two in the same room together? Or that the only person that could have know some of the family's secret was the maid? Clearly this is exactly what Priestley wanted us to find out. She is firstly described as a parlour maid, why a parlour? Because the other meaning for parlour is actually a derogatory term denoting a person who professes belief in but does not actively support a specified (especially radical) political view. Who is the most hypocrite in the book? Mr. Birling; and who does Edna only talk to? And who is the first to be interrogated by the 'Inspector'? Thats right, mr. Birling.
So who then is Edna/Inspector? This is easier to tell... Batman.Batman time travels at one point, and is an avenger for people's rights. You now might be thinking that it is impossible since Edna is a woman, and BatMAN is, well, a man. But thats just you being sexist, which is EXACTLY what Priestley wanted, since one of the big themes of the play is sexist/gender equality. Also, there is proof in the book. You can spell both Edna's and Batman's name by looking at the first word of pages 27, 32, 42, 48, 52, 50. Sharp readers might notice that the letter 'M' for Batman is missing. However, the letter 'M' comes from a character we previously discussed: Mr. Birling.
Any other theories?
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