Can someone please help me this quoteWatch
Gerald's speech is in two parts.
Part 1. (the part you copied) Like the Birling parents since - at that point no girl has been admitted to hospital - there is nothing to worry ablout. Gerald says "Everything's all right now." The who purpose of the Inspector's visit had been to explain that "Everything" - which represented Gerald and the Birling parents way of life - was not safe and there was nowreal need to modify their behaviour. The implication is that had the infirmary explained that a suicide had been admitted then the consequence may well have affected their behaviour. Because no suicide has been admitted Gerald is effectively suggesting everything can go back to how it was.
What is not often commented on is that Priestley in this play gave Gerald and the Birling parents a chance to change. But they do not take it. The implication of this moment is that had Gerald and the Birling parents changed their attitude Inspector Goole would not have returned. But Gerald's "Everything's all right now" makes clear that these people have no intention of changing.
Part 2. At rhis point Gerald turns to Sheila and asks "What about this ring?" What he really does not understand is that although this visit of the Inspector has made no impression on Gerald it has made an impression on Sheila. She leaves the play a very different person. The Sheila who desperately wanted to be engaged to Gerald now cannot marry him. She can no longer marry him. Nothing has changed with Gerald but "Everything" has changed with Sheila.
The tragedy is that Gerald never realises what was the importance if the visit by Inspector Goole. Gerald represents the worst of the Edwardian eara that becomes part of the twentieth century. The Gerald's of this play go on to thrive in the twentieth century.
Yes I have read what jamesg2 has written, but there can be room for expansion, everything isn’t always perfect. Don’t you agree? And don’t take it the wrong way, I appreciate it what he’s done.