Lavinia Penniman
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Lavinia Penniman (Character)
from Washington Square (1997)

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The Heiress (1949)
Aunt Penniman: 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.

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.

Aunt Penniman: Can you be so cruel?
Catherine Sloper: Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters.

Aunt Penniman: 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?


Washington Square (1997)
Aunt Lavinia Penniman: You'll have to excuse me, Mr. Townsend. I have a fortuitous headache.