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Plot summary[ edit ] The Vicomte de Valmont is determined to seduce the virtuous, married, and therefore inaccessible Madame de Tourvel, who is staying with Valmont's aunt while her husband is away on a court case.
Valmont refuses, finding the challenge too easy and preferring to devote himself to seducing Madame de Tourvel. Merteuil promises Valmont that if he seduces Madame de Tourvel and provides her with written proof of seduction, she will spend the night with him. He expects rapid success, but does not find it as easy as his many other conquests.
Meanwhile, Merteuil takes Danceny as her lover.
By the time Valmont has succeeded in seducing Madame de Tourvel, he seems to have fallen in love with her. Jealous, Merteuil tricks him into deserting Madame de Tourvel—and reneges on her promise of spending the night with him.
Danceny and Valmont dueland Valmont is fatally wounded. Before he dies, he gives Danceny the letters proving Merteuil's own involvement. These letters are sufficient to ruin her reputation so she flees to the countryside, where she contracts smallpox.
Her face is left permanently scarred and she is rendered blind in one eye, so she loses her greatest asset: But the innocent also suffer from the protagonist's schemes: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. October Learn how and when to remove this template message Les Liaisons dangereuses is celebrated for its exploration of seductionrevenge and human malicepresented in the form of fictional letters collected and published by a fictional author.
The book was viewed as scandalous at the time of its initial publication, though the real intentions of the author remain unknown. However, this theory has been questioned on several grounds.
Secondly, all the characters in the story are aristocrats, including the virtuous heroines—Madame de Tourvel and Madame de Rosemonde.
Finally, many ultra-royalist and conservative figures enjoyed the book, including Queen Marie Antoinettewhich suggests that—despite its scandalous reputation—it was not viewed as a political work until the events of the French Revolution years later made it appear as such, with the benefit of hindsight.
Wayland Young notes that most critics have viewed the work as Almost everyone who has written about it has noted how perfunctory are the wages of sin The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, Malraux writes, are creations "without precedent".
They are "the first [in European literature] whose acts are determined by an ideology". Whereas Richardson uses the technique of letters to provide the reader with a feeling of knowing the protagonist's true and intimate thoughts, Laclos' use of this literary device is exactly opposite: This article needs additional citations for verification.Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) by Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos.
Home / Literature / Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) / Analysis ; Les Liaisons Dangereuses is French for "dangerous liaisons." The title is a play on words. A liaison is a secret sexual encounter, of which this book has plenty.
Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) is widely considered the only novel of lasting significance ever written by Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos. Fortunately for the soldier whose writing ability actually contributed to his losing one career before finding success in another, Dangerous Liaisons receives equally .
Free summary and analysis of the events in Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos's Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous . Les Liaisons dangereuses Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos.
The following entry presents criticism of Laclos's eighteenth-century French epistolary novel, Les Liaisons dangereuses.
Les Liaisons dangereuses (French pronunciation: [le ljɛ.zɔ̃ dɑ̃.ʒə.ʁøz]; Dangerous Liaisons) is a French epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in four volumes by Durand Neveu from March 23, It is the story of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals (and ex-lovers) who use seduction as a weapon to socially control and exploit.
Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos was a French novelist, official and army general, best known for writing the epistolary novel Les Liaisons dangereuses.
A unique case in French literature, he was for a long time considered to be as scandalous a writer as the Marquis de Sade or Nicolas-Edme Rétif/5.