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: Now, Catherine, if you will stay by me this evening, you will see that what I say is not always of the greatest importance, but dear, that doesn't keep me from talking.
: [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.
: [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.
: Can you be so cruel? Catherine Sloper
: Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters.
: Good heavens, child. You are disinheriting yourself. Catherine Sloper
: Yes. Completely. Aunt Penniman
: Have you told Morris this? Catherine Sloper
: Of course. I told him everything. He is to be my husband. Aunt Penniman
: Oh, you should have waited. Did... Did he understand?
Aunt Lavinia Penniman
: You'll have to excuse me, Mr. Townsend. I have a fortuitous headache.