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Vanozza Cattaneo (Character)
from "The Borgias" (2011)

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"Borgia: Legitimacy (#1.6)" (2011)
Vannozza Catanei: Whether or not you are Rodrigo's son, he loves you and wants what is best for you.
Cesare Borgia: Stop! I am worth about as much to His Holiness as these pits are to olive oil.

Vannozza Catanei: Oh, you are cruel.
Rodrigo Borgia: We are a man of the times.

Giulia Farnese: Curiosity is a powerful sensation, is it not?
Vannozza Catanei: Let us be honest, you were not invited so we could gossip like giddy sisters.


"Borgia: Ash Wednesday (#2.2)" (2013)
Vannozza Catanei: Des Prez, if you repeat one word of what you hear, your tongue will join your eyes.
Josquin Des Prez: [lowers his blind eyes in deference]

Isabella Matuzzi: The last time I saw you, you were but a cherub. Now look at you. I must seem a haggard crow. My name is Isabella Matuzzi.
Lucrezia Borgia: I am sorry, I do not recognize you, or your name.
Isabella Matuzzi: I am your sister - half sister. When papa was with your mother, he was with mine.
Lucrezia Borgia: Is this true?
Vannozza Catanei: Yes.
Lucrezia Borgia: I am constantly learning new secrets about my family! My uncle is my father. I have an older sister. When they say I am a child who knows nothing, that is because they tell me nothing.

Vannozza Catanei: You said you were barren. But you do have a son. You lied.
Isabella Matuzzi: To win the argument. I am at heart still a Borgia.


"The Borgias: Truth and Lies (#2.8)" (2012)
Vanozza Cattaneo: [Angry that she has been assigned to Lucrezia's wedding] I wish I hadn't been volunteered for this. Far better to arrage a funeral. The dead don't bicker.

Vanozza Cattaneo: [Angry that she has been assigned to Lucrezia's wedding] Why I am charged with this task remains a mystery.
Rodrigo Borgia: Well, long may it remain so.


"The Borgias: The Confession (#2.10)" (2012)
Vanozza Cattaneo: [to Cesare] So tell me, Cesare, what exactly ae we celebrating... your sister's betrothal or the death of your younger brother?


"The Borgias: The Borgias in Love (#1.5)" (2011)
Vanozza Cattaneo: You could leave the church and displease your father if you dare.
Cesare Borgia: I fear nothing, Mother.


"Borgia: 1501 (#3.7)" (2014)
Vannozza Catanei: I bring two cures, the waters from Santa Maria via Lata, and this... From a priest in the Basilica who owed me some money.
[holds up a vile]
Vannozza Catanei: The last physical trace of Jesus Christ on earth. The holy pipius. Preserved since our Lord's circumcision in the temple of Jerusalem.
Giovanna Farnese: You think this divine foreskin can rescue Silvia?
Vannozza Catanei: Combined with sacred water and our trust in the goodness of God.
Giovanna Farnese: To have faith in the unknown is like having faith in one's husband. Yet sometimes you have no other choice.


"Borgia: 1499 (#3.5)" (2014)
Vannozza Catanei: There is no greater sorrow than to see our children suffer.


"Borgia: The Assumption (#2.10)" (2013)
Vannozza Catanei: You seem troubled.
Alessandro Farnese: I'm losing the ability to hide my true feelings. That I need to survive at the Vatican.
Vannozza Catanei: Politics is another name for despair.


"Borgia: Transfiguration (#2.9)" (2013)
Vannozza Catanei: [exploring the statue eyes closed] Smooth. Cold, but yet also warm.
Michelangelo Buonarroti: You feel the cold because you touched the stone. But you feel warmth because there is life inside.
Vannozza Catanei: All my life I have been fearless. I have had to be. But this morning I awoke and I am afraid. I fear that I am losing myself.
Michelangelo Buonarroti: [suddenly gets up and topples his statue, breaking it to pieces] If you lose your way then start again.


"The Borgias: The Beautiful Deception (#2.3)" (2012)
Vanozza Cattaneo: [about Paolo's meeting with Lucrezia] You of all people should understand, Rodrigo, the need to see one's child.
Rodrigo Borgia: It was beyond foolish.
Vanozza Cattaneo: But you can forgive her surely.
Rodrigo Borgia: Question is... can she forgive herself?


"Borgia: 1492 (#1.1)" (2011)
Vannozza Catanei: Each of us over the course of our lives must learn to control our passions, whether it be love, jealousy or power. Ironically, that is where we gain our strengths.


"The Borgias: The Purge (#3.2)" (2013)
Vanozza Cattaneo: My life without you has turned out to be another blessing in disguise.
Rodrigo Borgia: Hmmm. We're both blessed then.
Vanozza Cattaneo: Together we were cursed, but apart at least I am at peace.


"The Borgias: Siblings (#3.3)" (2013)
Lucrezia Borgia: 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.


"Borgia: 1502 (#3.8)" (2014)
[first lines]
Lucrezia Borgia: Mama!
Vannozza Catanei: I love to hear you call me "mama."
Lucrezia Borgia: Well, are you not my mother?
Vannozza Catanei: Not enough. I have acted more like a chalice sister. Once it was like Rosa, the most beautiful woman in Rome. More beautiful than Giulia. These days, I look in the mirror, and I see a face I do not recognize. The time has come to... accept that she is me.


"The Borgias: The Gunpowder Plot (#3.9)" (2013)
Rodrigo Borgia: [Referring to Cesare] ... nobody knows what he's going to do next.
Vanozza Cattaneo: Have you tried talking to him?
Rodrigo Borgia: We never see him to talk to him.
Vanozza Cattaneo: Have you tried forgiving him?
Rodrigo Borgia: For what?
Vanozza Cattaneo: Whatever lies between you two!
Rodrigo Borgia: And what's that?
Vanozza Cattaneo: Well, only you two know.
Vanozza Cattaneo: That's the trouble. You're too alike.
Rodrigo Borgia: Mmmm. The trouble is I miss him.


"The Borgias: Nessuno (Nobody) (#1.9)" (2011)
Vanozza Cattaneo: We did love our children, did we not, my dear?
Rodrigo Borgia: To a fault.


"Borgia: Pentecost (#2.6)" (2013)
Vannozza Catanei: Cesare, he's your nephew, he must remain safe.
Cesare Borgia: Do not confuse my past actions with my present self. The boy who left his son to die is gone. I would never put Lucrezia's son in jeopardy.