American Psycho

American Psycho

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Courtney Lawrence Character Analysis

Courtney, one of Evelyn’s closest friends, is in a highly-unfulfilling relationship with Luis Carruthers and having an ongoing affair with Patrick Bateman. In contrast to Evelyn, Courtney is often out on the town with Bateman and the rest of his male friends. She has a penchant for pills, mostly anti-depressants, and is often described by Bateman as being spaced out or completely wasted, though still very physically attractive.

Courtney Lawrence Quotes in American Psycho

The American Psycho quotes below are all either spoken by Courtney Lawrence or refer to Courtney Lawrence. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of American Psycho published in 1991.
Shopping Quotes

My priorities before Christmas include the following: (1) to get an eight o’clock reservation on a Friday night at Dorsia with Courtney, (2) to get myself invited to the Trump Christmas Party aboard their yacht, (3) to find out as much as humanly possible about Paul Owen’s mysterious Fisher account, (4) to saw a hardbody’s head off and Federal Express it to Robin Barker – the dumb bastard – over at Solomon Brothers and (5) to apologize to Evelyn without making it look like an apology.

Related Characters: Patrick Bateman (speaker), Evelyn Richards, Courtney Lawrence
Related Symbols: Donald Trump
Page Number: 177-178
Explanation and Analysis:

Bateman clearly (and comically) lays out for the reader his priorities, giving a concise and encompassing view of his values. He’s determined to get into the most exclusive and elite restaurant in New York (a huge status symbol) and wants to bring, not his girlfriend, but his colleague’s girlfriend. He also wants access to the party of the season, hosted by the man he idolizes above all others: supreme capitalist and celebrity businessman Donald Trump. At the same time, Bateman’s obsession over Paul Owen’s mysterious Fisher account and his immense jealousy of Owen continues to grow, and his appetite for sadistic, murderous violence against women is stronger than ever. Lastly, his relationship with Evelyn is still entirely detached, and more a matter of status and competition than love or connection.

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Courtney Lawrence Character Timeline in American Psycho

The timeline below shows where the character Courtney Lawrence appears in American Psycho. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
April Fools
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...home of Evelyn Richards, Bateman’s fiancée, where they’re planning to meet Evelyn and her friend Courtney for dinner. Price apologizes for being late, blaming the “inept Haitian cabbie.” The women announce... (full context)
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...announces that there are other people who he doesn’t know sitting in Evelyn’s living room. Courtney says that their names are Stash and Vanden, and that they are friends of Evelyn’s.... (full context)
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...called “Deception” that bears the headline “THE DEATH OF DOWNTOWN” – Price finds this preposterous. Courtney seems amused by the whole affair. (full context)
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Stash and Vanden head out and Courtney goes to meet up with her boyfriend Luis Carruthers, leaving Evelyn, Price, and Bateman behind... (full context)
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...his last drink, and walks to his apartment, where he masturbates (thinking about Evelyn, then Courtney, then a model from a Calvin Klein ad.) (full context)
Health Club
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...by the video store, returning She-Male Reformatory and re-renting Body Double, though his date with Courtney tonight means he won’t be able to “masturbate over the scene where the woman is... (full context)
Deck Chairs
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Courtney has invited Bateman out to dinner with friends of hers, Scott and Anne Smiley (both... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Courtney is slumping over, having nearly fallen asleep just reading her menu. Bateman props her up... (full context)
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...other night. Conversation at the table turns to a recent exhibit by artist David Onica. Courtney, who has been drinking heavily in addition to her pill-taking, mentions that Bateman owns a... (full context)
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Back at her apartment, however, Courtney is in an entirely different mood. She and Bateman are having sex, and she is... (full context)
Business Meeting
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...invites Bateman to join him at lunch sometime soon, and Bateman accepts, picturing himself with Courtney’s legs around his neck. The other men begin to arrive, including McDermott, who brings up... (full context)
Date with Evelyn
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Bateman is on the phone making a reservation for himself and Courtney (who is on the other line) when Evelyn buzzes into the third line. She is... (full context)
Tuesday
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...around, miserable, thinking that maybe he’ll try to find some cocaine, when he bumps into Courtney. She takes a moment to warn him to stay away from Luis; he “suspects something.”... (full context)
Concert
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...to see a concert of an “Irish band called U2.” The group includes Luis and Courtney, Paul Owen and his girlfriend, and Bateman and Evelyn – though Bateman mentions trying to... (full context)
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The concert drags on, with Courtney repeatedly asking “Which one’s The Ledge?” Luis motions for her to switch seats with him,... (full context)
Yale Club
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...him. Meanwhile, Van Patten is complaining about his girlfriend again. Bateman zones out, wondering if Courtney would like him more if Luis were dead, and if she only is interested in... (full context)
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...cut off. Bateman looks him in the eyes and tells him he’s been sleeping with Courtney. He squeezes harder and harder, waiting for the climax of the kill, but it never... (full context)
Killing Dog
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Bateman is in his apartment. Courtney has called him, too wasted on pills to be able to go to dinner, so... (full context)
Girls
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Bateman is out to dinner with Courtney, who’s wasted again. She’s talking to him but he isn’t paying much attention. When the... (full context)
Shopping
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...four goals for the holiday season, which include: a reservation at Dorsia for himself and Courtney, an invitation to the Trump Christmas party, learning more about Paul Owen’s Fisher account, and... (full context)
Thursday
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Bateman is in a cab to Nell’s with McDermott and Courtney; they’re discussing bottled water and trying to name as many brands as possible. They go... (full context)
In Bed with Courtney
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It’s approaching the holiday season, and Bateman is lying in bed with Courtney – Luis is out of town. He thinks about the early Christmas shopping he’s been... (full context)
Valentine’s Day
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...him that he’s now “back.” Bateman catches him up on things: he dumped Evelyn, and Courtney married Luis (though Price mistakes which “Luis”). Price is now working for a different firm,... (full context)