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Citizen Kane Mary Kane (Agnes Moorehead)

Mary Kane (Agnes Moorehead)

Mary only appears in one scene in this movie, and it's one of the saddest scenes we get. After falling into a huge fortune, Mary has decided that her son Charles should be raised away from her and her husband so he can have a better chance at being cultured and well educated.

When Mr. Thatcher asks if her son's ready to leave, she quietly answers,

MRS. KANE: I've got his trunk all packed. I've had it packed for a week now.

She's obviously very sad about what's happening, but she can't bear to have Charles grow up in a house with her abusive husband. As she says:

MRS. KANE: He [Charles] is going to be brought up where [his father] can't get at him.

What she doesn't realize is that taking a boy from his mother is also its own kind of violence. If she'd known how much this decision was going to mess up her son, she might have reconsidered.

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