Our list of the best quotes from HBO’s sci-fi fantasy series created by Joss Whedon. Set in the last years of Victoria’s reign, The Nevers follows a gang of women in London, who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities that are referred to as the Touched. They become champions of this new underclass, making a home for the Touched, while fighting relentless enemies to make room for those whom history, as we know it, has no place.
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Penance Adair: Mrs. True.
Amalia True: Miss Adair.
Penance Adair: You look very fine.
Amalia True: I think so too.
Mr. Haplisch: They’re saying Myrtle might be Touched? We heard about those girls the last few years. They’re not right.
Amalia True: Neither right nor wrong. Being Touched is not a defect of character.
Penance Adair: Yes, the reverend mentioned an affliction of the tongue.
Mrs. Haplisch: Because old Satan is squatting on it. Spewing out his foulness, making a chamber pot of our Myrtle’s mouth.
Mr. Haplisch: Well, that’s a bit descriptive.
Amalia True: Gentlemen.
Amalia True: [cracks her neck] Might we be civil?
Penance Adair: How are we going to deal with those fellas? True?
Amalia True: We’re going to the opera.
Penance Adair: See? We already got a plan.
Prince Albrecht: It’s just a woman.
Lord Broughton: Five men murdered. I’d say she’s more than that.
Amalia True: Why are your men looking through a young lady’s personals?
Frank Mundi: It’s common practice among criminals to hide things where a decent person wouldn’t look.
Lucy Best: Frankie Mundi. You’re the one likes knocking suspects about. Even though they’s as innocent as Christmas. What do they do to set you off?
Frank Mundi: They call me “Frankie”.
Frank Mundi: [referring to Maladie] She disappeared from under the opera house, as did you.
Amalia True: I tried to stop her. I failed. I didn’t much feel like talking about it.
Frank Mundi: Or retrieving your gown.
Amalia True: It got caught on something. Like Cinderella’s shoe. Please tell me you’ve been trying it on every girl in the kingdom to see who it fits.
Frank Mundi: Do you often engage in public violence, Mrs. True?
Penance Adair: Would you give over, violence? She put her life at risk to save dozens of others. She handed you one of Maladie’s gang. The great big rifleman.
Frank Mundi: And followed Maladie out, without surprise. Or natural feminine restraint. We have this from a reliable witness.
Amalia True: Would that be the man with his cock out?
Frank Mundi: Probably.
Frank Mundi: Is Mary like you?
Amalia True: Violent?
Frank Mundi: Touched.
Amalia True: You don’t want her to be. Inspector, she is Touched. But I can assure you, she is nothing like me. She’s wonderful.
Penance Adair: How are you not wonderful?
Penance Adair: This scenario’s a slight more violent than advertised. You said we were going to speak.
Amalia True: We are. This is our language.
Annie Carbey: [to Amalia and Penance] Parlay. You can speak your peace, but I will burn us all to death if I have to hear you bicker.
Amalia True: I do still want to kill you a bit.
Annie Carbey: [referring to Penance] Go ahead. But I’m not covering for you when she finds out.
Amalia True: I want you to join us. At The Orphanage.
Annie Carbey: And you want to kill me.
Amalia True: We’re all contradictions.
Amalia True: You nearly killed my best friend, and you saved my life.
Annie Carbey: Yeah, that was an accident.
Amalia True: It was a reflex. I think it was your natural instinct.
Annie Carbey: My natural instinct is to burn things down.
Amalia True: We can accommodate that.
Frank Mundi: [at Mary’s funeral] Where’s the lady who can see the future?
Man: A kiss for a pint. That was the deal.
Amalia True: I am a woman of my word. Kiss for a pint.
[she turns and kisses the fiddle player instead]
Lord Massen: [to his workers] Next time, come and talk to me as individuals. To band together when you could stand alone? I expect more courage from Englishmen.
Bowler Hat: They’re taking the carrot, my lord.
Lord Massen: They’re mouthing the carrot. They spit it back out, we’ll use the stick.
Harriet Kaur: How are we ever going to see justice if we’re not a part of justice? All I can see my way through is a grape.
5. Hanged'It's as though sin is in bloom. People doing what they oughtn't, or doing nothing. It's like we're being tested, but it's that dream where the test's over, and you've not found your pencils.' - Penance Adair (The Nevers) Click To Tweet
Prince Albrecht: [referring to Maladie] A public execution? A travesty we abolished thirty years ago.
General Pecking: A necessity. All of London is watching.
Douglas Broome: The world is watching.
Prince Albrecht: Yes. As we turn savage. Turn into Darwin’s ancestral apes.
Lord Massen: We are not apes, Your Grace. We are managing a crisis.
Prince Albrecht: Gentlemen. We took a vow to protect the Empire, not to kill for sport. We’ve learned nothing of the origin of the illness, or the creator of these horrors.
Horatio Cousens: Are they expecting a rebellion?
Amalia True: Maybe.
Horatio Cousens: Are you planning a rebellion?
Amalia True: A reunion.
Amalia True: [as Horatio is kissing her] Stop that. No, don’t stop. You’re a bad person.
Major: First, tell me your name.
Second Boot: Names are sacred, s**tto.
Knitter: Lucky, you being where you were.
Stripe: Didn’t feel that lucky.
Knitter: You going to ask me what the mission is?
Stripe: You’re looking for a Galanthi.
Knitter: Who are you?
Stripe: My name? That’s a little forward. I was married for three years, and I never told either of them.
Knitter: [after Stripe calls her a spore] And the term is “empathically enhanced”. “Spore” is a little rude.
Stripe: Yeah. But only a spore would call me on it.
Boot: How could they get information from the Galanthi?
Major: Oh, Dainty, torture’s not about information.
Crescent: It’s about hope. Removing the concept of hope.