Dr. Constance Petersen
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Dr. Constance Petersen (Character)
from Spellbound (1945)

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Spellbound (1945)
Constance Petersen: I think the greatest harm done the human race has been done by the poets
Anthony Edwardes: Oh, poets are dull boys, most of them, but not especially fiendish.
Constance Petersen: They keep filling people's heads with delusions about love... writing about it as if it were a symphony orchestra or a flight of angels.
Anthony Edwardes: Which is isn't, eh?
Constance Petersen: Of course not. People fall in love, as they put it, because they respond to a certain hair coloring or vocal tones or mannerisms that remind them of their parents.
Anthony Edwardes: Or... or... sometimes for no reason at all.
Constance Petersen: That's not the point. The point is that people read about love as one thing and experience it as another. Well, they expect kisses to be like lyrical poems and embraces to be like Shakespearean dramas.
Anthony Edwardes: And when they find out differently, then they get sick and have to be analyzed, eh?
Constance Petersen: Yes, very often.
Anthony Edwardes: Professor, you're suffering from "mogo on the gogo"
Constance Petersen: I beg your pardon!

Dr. Alex Brulov: And how do you know what his real character is?
Constance Petersen: I know. I know.
Dr. Alex Brulov: She knows. This is the way science goes backward. Who told you what he is? Freud?, or a crystal ball?

Constance Petersen: Are you making love to me?
Dr. Fleurot: I will in a moment. I'm just clearing the ground first.

Constance Petersen: I'm here as your doctor only. It has nothing to do with love.
[John kisses her and they embrace each other tightly]
Constance Petersen: Nothing at all. Nothing at all...

Constance Petersen: All analysts have to be psychoanalyzed by other analysts before they start practicing.
John Ballantine: Ahhh, that's to make sure that they're not too crazy.

Dr. Alex Brulov: We are speaking of a schizophrenic and not a Valentine.
Constance Petersen: We are speaking of a man.

[after John has finally admitted that Dr. Edwardes fell off a cliff in a skiing accident and that he did not murder him]
Constance Petersen: Well, thank goodness it's all cleared up.
Det. Lt. Cooley: Well, not quite, Dr. Petersen. I'm afraid a bullet was found in the body.

Constance Petersen: I'll make you coffee with an egg in it.

Dr. Fleurot: It's rather like embracing a textbook.
Constance Petersen: But why do you do it, then?
Dr. Fleurot: Because you're not a textbook.

John Ballantine: Do you want ham or liverwurst?
Constance Petersen: Liverwurst!