Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a complex and disturbing portrayal of the noble class in pre-revolutionary France. Set in the late eighteenth century during the latter part of the Ancien Regime, Les Liaisons weaves a web of cold, calculated betrayal of the most immoral kind.
The story unfolds in the form of letters written between the principal characters, giving it a unique literary texture. By using this style, de Laclos is able to give the reader a shockingly intimate look at these people as they divulge their most intimate secrets and bring to fruition their sinister plans.
The protagonists, The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, consider it their life?s ambition to sadistically control and dominate those around them through sexual intrigue. These two villains are indeed locked in psychological combat to see who can actually ?out-do? the other in stalking, capturing and destroying the souls of others. Taking absolute pleasure in ripping any virtue from the hearts of their prey, Merteuil and Valmont wave their accomplishments in front of each other like spoils of war. The less the chance of surrender, the more relentless is the pursuit.
The story begins with the Marquise de Merteuil corresponding with Vicomte
de, valmont, merteuil, tourvel, liaisons, les, however, marquise, virtue, thus, out, order, madame, laclos, france, cecile, young, vicomte, unfolds, ultimately, time, story, sexual, seems, pursuit, prey, one, new, lives, intrigue, intimate, indeed, give, gercourt, eventually