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Lavinia Timeline and Summary
1.1: Lavinia welcomes her father home from a long war with the Goths. 1.1: Titus arranges to have Lavinia married to Saturninus. 1.1: Lavinia is carried off by Bassianus, who claims to be engaged to Lavinia. 1.1: Off-stage, Lavinia marries Bassianus in a double wedding ceremony shared by Tamora and Saturninus. 2.3: Lavinia and Bassianus catch Tamora in the forest with Aaron. Lavinia makes some cracks about Tamora being with a "Moor" and making a cuckold out of her new husband. 2.3: Lavinia watches Chiron and Demetrius murder her husband and is raped by the same men, who cut out her tongue and chop off her hands so she can't incriminate them. 2.4: Lavinia is discovered wandering around the forest like a wounded animal. She stands bleeding while Marcus delivers a long speech about how terrible her wounds are. 3.1: Unable to name her attackers, Lavinia is consoled by her father, Titus. 4.1: By pointing to one of her nephew's story books (the story of Philomel in Ovid's Metamorphoses), Lavinia reveals that she has been raped. 4.1: Lavinia holds a staff (a stick or cane) in her mouth and spells out the names of the rapists, Demetrius and Chiron. 5.2: Lavinia watches as her father cuts Chiron and Demetrius's throats. With her stumps, Lavinia holds a bowl to catch the blood so her dad can use it to make a human meat pie for dinner. 5.3: At a dinner banquet, Lavinia is killed by Titus, who says he wants her "shame" and his "sorrow" to die along with her.