Dangerous Beauty Monologue: A Woman’s Place

(Last Updated On: October 20, 2014)

By Nora Kirkeby
Movie: Dangerous Beauty

Screenwriter: Jeannine Dominy Book: An Honest Courtesan by Margaret Rosenthal Character: Beatrice (Moira Kelly)

Veronica Franco - Dangerous Beauty

Veronica Franco – Dangerous Beauty


Veronica Franco

“Do you know what my daughter’s nurse told her today? That in a girl’s voice lies temptation. A known fact. Eloquence in a woman means promiscuity. Promiscuity of the mind leads to promiscuity of the body. She doesn’t believe her yet, but she will. She’ll grow up like her mother. She’ll marry, bear children, and honor her family. Spend her youth in needlepoint, and rue the day she was born girl. And when she dies, she’ll wonder why she obeyed all the rules of God and country because no biblical hell could ever be worse than this state of perpetual inconsequence.”

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