LIly Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful, Memento Mori
“You tell me how. We flatter our men with our pain. We bow before them. We make ourselves dolls for their amusement. We lose our dignity in corsets and high shoes and gossip and the slavery of marriage! And our reward for this service? The back of the hand… the face turned to the pillow… the bloody, aching cunt as you force us onto your beds to take your fat, heaving bodies! You drag us into the alleys, my lad, and cram yourselves into our mouths for two bob when you’re not beating us senseless! When we’re not bloody from the eyes, and the mouth, and the ass and the cunt! Never again… will I kneel to any man. Now they shall kneel to me. ”
This scene… This scene was what ultimately set my standards for Penny Dreadful going into season three. It’s just so raw. This is years of pain in resentment in Brona building up and boiling over, and it’s gorgeous in a horrible, heartbreaking way. You even hear her accent slip and hear her go Irish for a minute as the emotions just get to be too much. Billie is absolutely amazing in this scene, and I still watch it on repeat when I find myself particularly missing the show.