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Capricia Lavish is the wife of Marko Lavish, a member of the corrupt banking family of Ankh-Morpork which plays a prominent role in Making Money. Before the days of standardized spelling, they would have been the La Vice family, which presumes a Genuan connection, especially as the origins of the family fortune lie in Mercantile Venturing, a delicate euphemism for dealing in slaves and dangerous drugs. In the several hundred years since the family fortune was founded, their money has been consolidated into cleaner methods of reducing people to slave-like destitution - ie, banking - it would be jolly poor form to mention the origins of the cash and only a bounder, who is patently not One of Us, would do so. (Moist von Lipwig proves this point in every respect)

The various branches of the family live off their trust funds and Bank dividends, and are sundered and estranged to the point where every branch of the family appears to be suing every other branch of the family for a greater share of the money. This inevitably means only the Lawyers benefit, an obvious point no Lavish appears to have grasped yet. In this, they come across as rather like the Oggs, but without the style or the redeeming qualities. (No Ogg would ever dream of employing a lawyer in a good old family feud nor likely would any lawyer allow himself to be involved in one). But like the Oggs, the moment the family is threatened from the outside, every Lavish will turn to face the interloper and deal out vengeance. As Moist von Lipwig is to discover...


The Lavish name in its original form resonates with vice, appropriate given how they acquired their money and also with the peccadillos of some of the family, notably Cosmo. In its modern form, it resonates with lavish which very effectively describes their lifestyle, especially Pucci, as they drain the money out of the bank. Capricia's name resonates with capricious, also appropriate given the family.

In Italian history, a brother and sister born into the nobility, amoral, unscrupulous, knowledgeable about poisons, users of seduction and bribery, sometimes allies and sometimes opponents, fighting for mastery of their father's estate. This is a reference to the Borgias, of whom Cesare and his sister Lucrezia were the most notorious... and in the BBC TV drama, wasn't Cesare's pet name for his sister something like Luzzi or Lucci? (We won't dwell on other aspects of their family relationship, as TP doesn't...)