Gerald knows that the inspector's questions will [[reveal]] his involvement with Daisy Renton. He wants [[Sheila]] to leave but she insists on staying. Mrs. Birling enters and meets the inspector for the first time. She tries to make light of the situation which she refers to as ' this [[Absurd]] business'. Sheila realises that her mother's [[harsh]] and uncaring attitude will eventually be turned against her and tries to [[Warn]] her. We realise that the family really know very [[little]] about each other. At this point, for example, Mrs. Birling discovers that Eric has been [[Drinking]] heavily for years.