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: [Referring to her fiance
] A boy of clay to mold into a man of my liking.
] Take off your cloak. Alfonso of Aragon
: If I remove my cloak, what will you remove in return? Lucrezia Borgia
: You'll see.
: [Presenting herself as her own maid
] Just as one would have one's groom break in a new horse, so it is with my lady's loves and me.
: What rules this family, Mother? Vanozza Cattaneo
: [With uncertainty
] Love. Lucrezia Borgia
: [She laughs derisively
] Ambition... Ambition rules this family - my father's, my brother's, and I would have to add to it my own if I don't want to live in a garden of weeds.
: [about to commit incest with Cesare
] Oznly a Borgia it seems can truly love a Borgia.
: You look ill, Lucrezia. Lucrezia Borgia
: Yes, I have been ill.
[Referring to the assassinated Djem
] Lucrezia Borgia
: My dusky friend inhabits my dreams. Giulia Farnese
: Do not think so much of Djem, my dear. Lucrezia Borgia
: He has a secret that he can't speak of. His beautiful dark mouth opens, but no sound comes out. Giulia Farnese
: In your dreams? Lucrezia Borgia
: And I have to kiss those lips to comfort them. Giulia Farnese
: Oh, dear! Lucrezia Borgia
: Is it permissible, Donna Guilia, to kiss a dead Moor in my dreams? Giulia Farnese
: [She smiles
] All things are permissible in our dreams.
: [to Cesare
] If I married a thousand times, it would always be the wrong choice.
: Permit my Paolo a Christian burial. Rodrigo Borgia
: He is a suicide. It is impossible. Lucrezia Borgia
: [Handing it to her father
] This note was pinned to his sleeve. Rodrigo Borgia
: [Examining it
] Yes, a suicide note. Lucrezia Borgia
: But he could not read or write, Father. My Paolo could not even pen his own name. Rodrigo Borgia
: [after considerable thought
] So it was murder! Where is the murderer? Lucrezia Borgia
: Too close for comfort.
: [Clearly angry and humiliated that she has to consummate her marriage in front of witnesses
] The act may be done in the night, but I will have blood for this!
: It would be fun to outwit a brace of cardinals.
: You have news? Lucrezia Borgia
: I'm to be married. Prince Djem
: Oh, my dear! Lucrezia Borgia
: Have you been married? Prince Djem
: I have taken four women to wife. Lucrezia Borgia
: Four? Prince Djem
: Mmmm-hmmm, Lucrezia Borgia
: Where are they now, Prince Djem
: In the Serali of Topkapi Palace in Constantinople. Lucrezia Borgia
: Hoow many wives can you have? Prince Djem
: As many as Allah sees fit to provide.
[They both laugh
] Prince Djem
: And as to concubines an infinite number. Lucrezia Borgia
: What is the difference, Djem, between wife and concubine? Prince Djem
: No difference really. Prince Djem
: [after a short reflection
] Ah, you can beat a wife but not kill her. Lucrezia Borgia
: You can kill a concubine? Prince Djem
: If she displeases you. You can kill a wife too, but the displeasure must be great.
: [after Lucrezia has instructed the Papal physician on how to force the liquid charcoal down her poisoned father's throat
] But this is witchcraft! Lucrezia Borgia
: [Pointing a dagger at the physician
] This is physic! Cesare Borgia
: Do what she says... every detail... and if his soul departs. I shall insure it does do so alone!