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lawyers, laws, blah blah blah

"A lawyer means the law, and in Sicily, from where their fathers came, the law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten."


just vs unjust

Alfieri: "Oh, there were many here who were justly shot by unjust men. Justice is very important here." (1.1)


the equivalent of semi-skimmed milk

Alfieri: "Now we settle for half, and I like it better." (1.1)


Alfieri and the feds

Alfieri: "I kept wanting to call the police, but […] Nothing at all had really happened." (2.86)


Marco being all Italian

Marco: "In my country [Eddie] would be dead now." (2.241)


wheres the law, Marco?

Marco: "All the law is not in a book." (2.257)


only who?

Alfieri: "Only God, Marco."


heels are hard to walk in, ok?!

"Katie you are walkin' wavy! I don't like the looks they're givin you […] The heads are turnin' like windmills." (1.26)


a big old phallic image

[Stage Direction:] [Catherine] strikes a match and holds it to [Eddie's] cigar.


B is missing the sex

Beatrice: "When am I going to be a wife again, Eddie?"


Eddie's possessed

Alfieri: " it was only a passion that had moved into his body, like a stranger." (1.508)


Eddie speaking in oxymorons

Eddie: "it might be a little more free here but it's just as strict." (1.620)


Eddie getting randy

[Stage Direction:] as [Catherine] strives to free herself [Eddie] kisses her on the mouth. (2.73)


Eddie getting homoerotically randy

[Stage Direction:] Eddie pins [Rodolpho's] arms, laughing, and suddenly kisses him. (2.81)


Eddie on a guilt trip

Eddie: "And then you'll move away. […] That's life. And you'll come visit on Sundays, then once a month, then Christmas and New Year's, finally." (1.130-132)


Rodolpho sings paper doll

Rodolpho: "I'll tell you boys it's tough to be alone, And it's tough to love a girl that's not your own […] I'm gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own, A doll that other fellows cannot steal." (1.308)


Katie: yeah, running away from YOU!

Eddie: "You're runnin', Katie. I don't think you listening any more to me." (1.430)


know in the Biblical Sense?!

Catherine: "I know him and now I'm supposed to turn around and make a stranger out of him?" (2.57)


you've been a baby up until now Catherine, but will you be any more?

Catherine: "Eddie, I'm not gonna be a baby anymore!" (2.73)


what, an invitation to your wedding? I'd be honoured!

Catherine: "I'm gonna get married, Eddie. So if you wanna come, the wedding will be on Saturday." (2.166)


why should i take the IB Eddie?

Eddie: "You'll never get nowheres unless you finish school." (1.85)


What sort of people Eddie?

Eddie: "I want you to be with a different kind of people.


You going big places, Eddie?

Alfieri: "Eddie Carbone had never expected to have a destiny." (1.326)


Just Catherine, dreaming of marrying someone other than Eddie (sigh)

Catherine: "Cause I always dreamt that when I got married, he would be happy at the wedding, and laughin." (2.50)


When moving makes you more civilised

Alfieri: "But this is Red Hook, not Sicily. […] now we are quite civilized, quite American." (1.1)


What will this be, Rodolpho?

Rodolpho: "This will be the first house I ever walked into in America! Imagine! She said they were poor!" (1.203)


Citrus fruit is soooo exciting

Catherine: "They got oranges on the trees where he comes from, and lemons. Imagine – on the trees?" (2.419)


Suddenly Italy is civilised

Rodolpho: "You think we have no tall buildings in Italy? No wide streets? No flags? No automobiles?" (2.45)


Why be an American?

Rodolpho: "I want to be an American so I can work." (2.45)


When you get named after a song

Eddie: "I'm ashamed. Paper Doll they call him. Blondie now." (1.543)


katie- I am your father

Eddie: "Katie…if you wasn't an orphan, wouldn't he ask your father's permission before he run around with you like this?" (1.443)


what do you want?

Eddie: "I want my respect!" (2.122)


Which one Marco?

Marco: "That one! [Eddie] He killed my children! That one stole the food from my children!" (2.223)


Alfieri's mixed morals

Alfieri: "To promise not to kill is not dishonorable." (2.252)


nobody x3

Catherine: "You [Eddie] got no right to tell nobody nothin'. Nobody! The rest of your life, nobody!" (2.283)


Say it again Eddie!

Eddie: "Eddie Carbone. Eddie Carbone. Eddie Carbone." (2.322)


Eddie's equivalent of the 'got your nose joke'

Eddie: "I want my name! […] Marco's got my name." (2.309)


he aint wrong, either

Eddie: "The guy ain't right." (1.527)


Eddie's angelic, if slightly homoerotic, reaction to Rodolpho

Eddie: "He looked so sweet there, like an angel – you could kiss him he was so sweet." (1.541)


Fighting talk from Eddie

Eddie: "Come on show me! What're you gonna be? Show me!" (2.80)


Eddie knows how to make a house feel like a home

Eddie: "I mean I got a couple rights here.[…] This is my house here not their house." (2.120)


Eddie is an animal and should act like one

Marco: "Animal! You [Eddie] go on your knees to me!" (2.328)


baby, baby, baby, o-oh

Catherine: "He still thinks I'm a baby."
Beatrice: "Because you think you're a baby." (1.483-484)


Beatrice wants her husband back from Catherine

Beatrice: "You're a woman […] and now the time came when you said goodbye." (1.504)


Rodolpho wouldn't fare well on d of e

Rodolpho: "You think I would carry on my back the rest of my life a woman I didn't love just to be an American?" (2.45)


and If I were a boy I would want to be Eddie

Catherine: "If I was a wife I would make a man happy instead of goin' at him all the time." (2.57)


Catherine's moving from one father figure to another

Rodolpho, clasping her to him: "Oh, my little girl."
Catherine: Teach me. […] I don't know anything, teach me, Rodolfo, hold me. (2.60-61)


A wife is supposed to have equal rights

Eddie: "A wife is supposed to believe the husband." (2.144)


Think Megan in her portrait

"With your hair that way you look like a madonna, you know that?" (1.126)


Eddie's last words

"Oh, B.!" (2.333)


Red Hook sounds more like a Red mullet

"this is Red Hook […] This is the slum that faces the bay on the seaward side of Brooklyn Bridge. This is the gullet of New York swallowing the tonnage of the world" (1.1).



"In the worst times […] I didn't stand around lookin' for relief – I hustled. When there was empty piers in Brooklyn I went to Hoboken, Staten Island, the West Side, Jersey, all over" (1.564).


Walking hungry

"I took out of my own mouth to give to her. […] I walked hungry plenty days in this city!" (1.564)


What does Alfieri say, insinuating that Eddie is in love with Catherine?

Alfieri says to him, "She can't marry you can she?" (1.567), and Eddie furiously responds, "I don't know what the hell you're talkin' about!" (1.568)


What does Beatrice say, insinuating that Eddie is in love with Catherine?

"You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" (2.316


Eddie depriving B in favour of Catherine

"I took out of my wife's mouth […] to give to her" (1. 564).


Alfieri's parting thoughts

"And so I mourn [Eddie] – I admit it – with a certain…alarm" (2.336)


Why Catherine is Eddie's perfect gal

"I can tell a block away when he's blue in his mind and just wants to talk to somebody quiet and nice" (2.57).


Rodolpho giving fair, if not the nicest to hear, responses to Catherine

I will not marry you to live in Italy. I want you to be my wife, and I want to be a citizen" (2.43).


Marco is an animal

"He's a regular bull" (1.390). Louis goes on to add, "He's a regular slave" (1.392).


Catherine's reactions to Eddie's kiss

Beatrice says that Catherine, "goes around shaking all the time, she can't go to sleep!" (2.129).


Marco raises the chair...

Marco raises the chair "like a weapon over Eddie's head" (1.691).