Gerald is engaged to Sheila. He had an affair with Eva after she was sacked from the shop.
- At the start, Gerald seems to agree with Mr Birling that there is no possible link between them and Eva. ‘After all, we’re respectable citizens, not criminals.’ (22)
- When his story comes out, he does seem to have treated Eva better than the others, certainly better than Eric. Eva falls in love with him. ‘She told me that she’d been happier than she’d ever been before – but that she knew it couldn’t last.’ (39)
- 'She became my mistress. She was young and pretty and warm hearted – and intensely grateful.’ (37)
- Even then, he rejects any responsibility for Eva. ‘I hadn’t set eyes on the girl for at least six months. I don’t come into this suicide business.’ (26)
- Later, he is the character who discovers the truth about the Inspector, but it is left unclear if he has been changed or not by the night’s events.