Dr. Austin Sloper
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Dr. Austin Sloper (Character)
from Washington Square (1997)

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The Heiress (1949)
Elizabeth Almond: Well, she has the prospect of $30,000 a year.
Austin Sloper: I see you appreciate her.
Elizabeth Almond: I don't mean it's her only merit. But you always have a way of alluding to her as an unmarriageble girl.
Austin Sloper: My allusions are just as kind as yours.

Austin Sloper: You have found a tongue at last, Catherine. 'Tis only to say such terrible things to me.
Catherine Sloper: Yes. This is a field where you will not compare me to my mother.

Jefferson Almond: Well, Austin, who's sick? Who died? Who've you been cutting up lately?
Austin Sloper: Yes, I can see you're in good shape. When your gout's troubling you, you're more respectful to me.

Austin Sloper: Do you remember her mother? Her mother who had so much grace and gaiety. This is her child.
Elizabeth Almond: Austin, no child could compete with this image you have of her mother.
Austin Sloper: You're not entitled to say that. Only I know what I lost when she died and what I got in her place.

Austin Sloper: [Referring to Catherine] How is it possible to protect such a willing victim?
Aunt Penniman: You will kill her if you deny her this marriage.
Austin Sloper: You forget I'm a doctor. People don't die of such things.

Aunt Penniman: [Referring to Morris] But he's looking for a position most earnestly.
Austin Sloper: I wonder if he's looking for it here, Lavinia.
Aunt Penniman: What?
Austin Sloper: Wouldn't the position of a husband to a defenseless young girl with a large fortune suit him to perfection?
Aunt Penniman: How can you entertain such a suspicion?
Austin Sloper: Suspicion? It's a diagnosis.

Austin Sloper: [Referring to Morris] I'll see him tomorrow.
Catherine Sloper: You're so good that you will be fair and honest with him.
Austin Sloper: I shall be as fair and honest with him as he is with you.


Washington Square (1997)
Dr. Austin Sloper: If a prelude is necessary, the news must be bad.

Dr. Austin Sloper: We were all young and beautiful once. It's transient, and then it's gone.

Dr. Austin Sloper: On the Alps, to Catherline Sloper - How obscene that your mother should give her life so you could inhabit space on this earth.

Catherine Sloper: It occurs to me if I live with you, I ought to obey you.
Dr. Austin Sloper: If that's your theory, it's certain mine.
Catherine Sloper: But if I don't obey you, I ought not to live with you - to enjoy your kindness and protection.
Dr. Austin Sloper: What a distasteful idea! It must be Mr. Townsend's.
Catherine Sloper: No, it's mine.
Dr. Austin Sloper: Why do you speak to me thus? I've done nothing but try to protect you from ...
Catherine Sloper: From? From what, Father? Love? Affection? Caring? Respect?

Catherine Sloper: I have broken off my engagement. I have asked him to leave New York for a long long time.
Dr. Austin Sloper: How does his take his dismissal?
Catherine Sloper: I don't know.
Dr. Austin Sloper: You mean you don't care. You are very cruel, after encouraging him and playing him for so long.
Catherine Sloper: I am my father's daughter.

Dr. Austin Sloper: It would give me great satisfaction if you were to promise that upon my death you will not marry Townsend.
Catherine Sloper: I very seldom think of Mr. Townsend.
Dr. Austin Sloper: All the easier to keep your promise.
Catherine Sloper: I can't promise.
Dr. Austin Sloper: You are very obstinate.
Catherine Sloper: I don't think you understand.
Dr. Austin Sloper: Please explain, then.
Catherine Sloper: I can't explain. And I can't promise.