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: Mrs. Venable, loving your neice as you do, you must know there's great risk in this operation. Whenever you enter the brain with a foreign object... Mrs. Venable
: Yes. Dr. Cukrowicz
: Even a needle thin knife. Mrs. Venable
: Yes. Dr. Cukrowicz
: In the hands of the most skilled surgeon... Mrs. Venable
: Yes, yes. Dr. Cukrowicz
: There is a great deal of risk. Mrs. Venable
: But it does pacify them, I've read that, it quiets them down. It suddenly makes them peaceful. Dr. Cukrowicz
: Yes that that it does do, but... Mrs. Venable
: But what? Dr. Cukrowicz
: Well it will be years before we know if the immediate benefits of the operation are lasting or maybe just passing or perhaps... there's a strong possibility that the patient will always be limited. Relieved of acute anxiety yes, but limited. Mrs. Venable
: But what a blessing Dr. to be just peaceful. To be just suddenly peaceful. After all that horror. After those nightmares. Just to be able to lift up their eyes to a sky not black with savage devouring birds.
: May I sit here? Mrs. Venable
: Sebastian's seat. Dr. Cukrowicz
: Oh! Well... Mrs. Venable
: Oh, no no please, please. It's a court jester's chair, a rare one, five-hundred years old. Please, sit on it. Say something funny; make me stop wanting to cry.
Dr. Lawrence J. Hockstader
: She burnt a nun with a cigarette. Dr. Cukrowicz
: Yes she did, I was there, I saw it, she was provoked! Dr. Lawrence J. Hockstader
: Provoked? Whover would provoke a mentally disturbed person? Dr. Cukrowicz
: You'd be surprised.
: Insane is such a meaningless term. Catherine Holly
: But lobotomy has a precising meaning to it, doesn't it?
: Nature is not made in the image of man's compassion.
: Why did you try to kill yourself? Catherine Holly
: Isn't that what everybody wants? Me out of the way... Mama and George get their money, and Aunt Vi...
: Bait? For what? What were the better fish? Catherine Holly
: We procured for him.
: Sebastian always said, 'Mother when you descend it's like the Goddess from the Machine. You look just like angel coming to earth' as I float, float into view. Sebastian, my son Sebastian was very interested in the Byzantine. Are you interested in the Byzantine Doctor...? Dr. Cukrowicz
: Cukrowicz. I don't know very much about the Byzantine. Mrs. Venable
: It seems that the Emperor of Byzantium - when he received people in audience - had a throne which, during the conversation, would rise mysteriously into the air to the consternation of his visitors. But as we are living in a democracy, I reverse the procedure. I don't rise, I come down.
: She suffers from something called dementia praecox. Dr. Cukrowicz
: Dementia praecox? Mrs. Venable
: Which is say, she's mad as a hatter, poor child.
: [lighting a table lighter, which flames high
] Lord! What a torch! Violet Venable
: So shines a good deed in a naughty world, Dr. Sugar.