The Heiress (1949)
Aunt Penniman: Can you be so cruel?
Catherine Sloper: Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters.
Catherine Sloper: Don't be kind to me, father. It doesn't become you.
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.
Mrs. Montgomery: I think, Doctor, that you expect too much of people. If you do you'll always be disappointed.
Catherine Sloper: He's grown greedier over the years. Before he only wanted my money; now he wants my love as well. Well, he came to the wrong house - and he came twice. I shall see that he does not come a third time.
Catherine Sloper: Father won't abuse you, he doesn't know you well enough.
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: 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.