Summary Hazardous links

P. Sh. De Laclos
Dangerous connections
The events described in the letters that make up the narrative are laid in a short time: August – December 17 … But for such a short time from the correspondence of the main characters, we comprehend their philosophy of life.
Quite a long relationship links de Valmont, the main character, with his correspondent, Madame de Merté. She is witty, charming and in communication with the opposite sex is no less experienced than he. So, at the beginning of the narrative, we learn from the letter of the Marquis de Merteil from Paris, addressed to the Viscount de Valmont, who lives in the castle in the castle of Aunt de Rosemond in the summer, about the cunning intrigue conceived by her. The Marquise, wishing to avenge her lover, who threw her, Count Zherkur, suggests Valmona to seduce the future bride of the Count, fifteen-year-old Cecilia Volange, a pupil of the monastery, whose income is sixty thousand livres. But the viscount rejects this tempting offer, as he is fascinated by the President de Tourvel and does not intend to stop halfway, because this lady, a virtuous spouse, is much more attractive for Valmont and the victory over her will bring him incomparably more pleasure than seducing the boarder. Madame de Tourvelle, modest and pious, heard about the countless novels of Valmont, from the very beginning takes courtship of a secular lion with fear and disbelief. But the cunning wife-lover still manages to put himself in touch with me. Having discovered that the servant of the president is following him at the request of his mistress, he uses it in his own interests. Choosing the right moment, in front of the amazed crowd, among whom, of course, is the servant, the viscount saves the poor from ruin, generously endowing her with a large sum of money. The stunned servant reports about the lady seen, and Valmont’s calculation proves to be correct, because on the same evening De Tourvel gives the viscount a gentle look, appreciating his kindness, but nevertheless wondering: how in it debauchery and nobility get along. The Viscount continues the offensive and throws Madame de Tourvel with letters filled with tenderness and affection, while happily retelling their contents to the Marquise de Mertée, who is extremely unhappy with this hobby and insistently advises to abandon this extravagant venture. But Valmon is already carried away by the pursuit of that intoxication, which condescends to a man, when only two people remain in the whole world – he and his love. This state, of course, can not last forever, but when it comes, it is incomparable. Valmont strives for these sensations – he is a womanizer, he is a libertine, he has many victories on his account, but only because he dreams to experience deeper feelings. Beginning to trail over the inappropriately shy wife of a judge, a “divine saint”
Meanwhile, we learn the story of young lovers, Cecilia Volange and cavalier Danseni, who were involved in the intrigues of Valmont and Murthy. Danseni, a music teacher who gives Cecilia singing lessons, falls in love with a girl and is hoping for reciprocity. Behind the upbringing of the feelings of two young people, the Marquis de Mertée observes with interest. Cecilia is fascinated by this woman and in frank conversations she tells her all her secrets, showing the first impulses of an inexperienced heart. Marquise is interested in the marriage of Cecilia and the Count de Zherkur did not take place, so she strongly encourages this sudden outbreak of feeling. It is the Marquis who arranges for young people to meet privately, forcing Mrs. Volange out of the house under various plausible pretexts. But the clever procurer is dissatisfied with the slowness of Danseni, she expects more decisive action from him,
In one of the letters, Madame de Mertay expounds her story and her life rules. Magnificent de Mertey – a woman who was able to win a place in the highest light of the French monarchy due to her appearance, audacity and wit. From a young age, she listens attentively to everything that they want to hide from her. This curiosity taught the Marquise the art of pretense, and the true image of her thoughts became only her secret, but only what was profitable was shown to people. After the death of her husband, a widow goes to the country for a year, and after the mourning returns to the capital. First of all, she cares to be invincible, but achieves this in a very original way. The deceiver accepts courtship only of those men who are indifferent to it, therefore to put up resistance to unsuccessful admirers it is not necessary to it any work; numerous lovers, before whom the marquise pretends to be a shy, she forbids showing her attention to people, so in society she has a reputation as a woman inaccessible and pious. Mme de Mertey confesses in a letter to Valmont that he was the only one of her hobbies that for a moment acquired power over her, but at the moment she comes into play with de Prevann, a man who publicly declared his intention to conquer the “proud” . The reprisal with the insolent person followed immediately. A few days later, the marquise, with pleasure savoring the details and triumphant victory, describes this adventure to Valmont. The temptress graciously accepts courtship Prevan and reassures him, inviting her to a dinner party. After a card game, all guests go home, Prevan, according to the agreement with the marquise, hides on the secret staircase, and at midnight gets to her in the boudoir. As soon as he finds himself in the arms of the charmer, she starts struggling to call, calling servants as witnesses. After this scandal, Prevan is dismissed from the part in which he serves, and is deprived of an officer’s rank, and the marquis does not allow, therefore, to doubt his piety.
Valmont meanwhile, wanting to check what impression Md de Tourvel will make on his departure, leaves the castle for a while. He continues to ardently explain himself in love, and de Tourvel, distressed by the departure of the viscount, realizes that she is in love. Frightened by her feelings, she tries to overcome them, but this is beyond her power. As soon as Valmont notices the change in his tender saints, he immediately shows interest in the young Volange, noticing that she is very pretty and falling in love with her, like Danseni, would be stupid, but not having fun with her is no less stupid. In addition, the baby needs comfort. The Marquise de Merteu, annoyed by the sluggishness of Danseni, finds a way to stir it up. She believes that he needs obstacles in love, for happiness puts him to sleep. Therefore, she tells Ms. Volange about her daughter’s correspondence with Danseni and about the dangerous connection between them. An angry mother sends Cecilia from Paris to the castle, and young people are suspected of betraying a servant. The Marquise asks de Valmont to mediate between the lovers and their counselor. Soon Valmont conquers the confidence of the unsophisticated Cecilia, convincing her of her devotion and friendship. In a letter to the Marquis, our hero-lover describes his next victory. He does not have to invent any ways to seduce Cecilia, he penetrates into the girl’s bedroom at night and does not get a rebuff. Moreover, soon the Marquise in response to paint Valmona, how good ardent lover Danseni. So, the young lovers get the first sensual lessons in the beds of our main characters, showing their true innocence with her curiosity and shyness. An angry mother sends Cecilia from Paris to the castle, and young people are suspected of betraying a servant. The Marquise asks de Valmont to mediate between the lovers and their counselor. Soon Valmont conquers the confidence of the unsophisticated Cecilia, convincing her of her devotion and friendship. In a letter to the Marquis, our hero-lover describes his next victory. He does not have to invent any ways to seduce Cecilia, he penetrates into the girl’s bedroom at night and does not get a rebuff. Moreover, soon the Marquise in response to paint Valmona, how good ardent lover Danseni. So, the young lovers get the first sensual lessons in the beds of our main characters, showing their true innocence with her curiosity and shyness. An angry mother sends Cecilia from Paris to the castle, and young people are suspected of betraying a servant. The Marquise asks de Valmont to mediate between the lovers and their counselor. Soon Valmont conquers the confidence of the unsophisticated Cecilia, convincing her of her devotion and friendship. In a letter to the Marquis, our hero-lover describes his next victory. He does not have to invent any ways to seduce Cecilia, he penetrates into the girl’s bedroom at night and does not get a rebuff. Moreover, soon the Marquise in response to paint Valmona, how good ardent lover Danseni. So, the young lovers get the first sensual lessons in the beds of our main characters, showing their true innocence with her curiosity... and shyness. The Marquise asks de Valmont to mediate between the lovers and their counselor. Soon Valmont conquers the confidence of the unsophisticated Cecilia, convincing her of her devotion and friendship. In a letter to the Marquis, our hero-lover describes his next victory. He does not have to invent any ways to seduce Cecilia, he penetrates into the girl’s bedroom at night and does not get a rebuff. Moreover, soon the Marquise in response to paint Valmona, how good ardent lover Danseni. So, the young lovers get the first sensual lessons in the beds of our main characters, showing their true innocence with her curiosity and shyness. The Marquise asks de Valmont to mediate between the lovers and their counselor. Soon Valmont conquers the confidence of the unsophisticated Cecilia, convincing her of her devotion and friendship. In a letter to the Marquis, our hero-lover describes his next victory. He does not have to invent any ways to seduce Cecilia, he penetrates into the girl’s bedroom at night and does not get a rebuff. Moreover, soon the Marquise in response to paint Valmona, how good ardent lover Danseni. So, the young lovers get the first sensual lessons in the beds of our main characters, showing their true innocence with her curiosity and shyness. He does not have to invent any ways to seduce Cecilia, he penetrates into the girl’s bedroom at night and does not get a rebuff. Moreover, soon the Marquise in response to paint Valmona, how good ardent lover Danseni. So, the young lovers get the first sensual lessons in the beds of our main characters, showing their true innocence with her curiosity and shyness. He does not have to invent any ways to seduce Cecilia, he penetrates into the girl’s bedroom at night and does not get a rebuff. Moreover, soon the Marquise in response to paint Valmona, how good ardent lover Danseni. So, the young lovers get the first sensual lessons in the beds of our main characters, showing their true innocence with her curiosity and shyness.
In one of the letters, Valmont complains to the Marquise of Madame de Tourvel. He was sure that he was entirely in his power, but her unexpected departure, which the viscount regards as an escape, confused all his cards. He is at a loss: what kind of rock ties him to this woman, because there are hundreds of others who are hungry for his attention, but now there is no happiness, no peace, and one goal before him is to possess Madame de Tourvelle, whom he also passionately hates, as he loves. Caught at home with a beautiful hermit (from the day she returns to Paris she does not accept anyone), the viscount conquers this touchy. He is on top of bliss. Oaths of eternal love, tears of happiness – all this is described in a letter to the marquis, to which he recalls a bet (if he succeeds in seducing de Tourvel, the marquis will give him a night of love) and already with ecstasy awaits the promised reward. For three months he sought Madame de Tourvel, but if his mind was occupied, does it mean that the heart is also enslaved? Sam Valmont shy away from the answer, he is frightened of true feelings and abandons his beloved. This he inflicts a mortal wound on her, and she hides in a monastery, where two weeks later she dies of grief.
But Valmont, having learned from the maid that the lady went to the monastery, again turns to the marquise with a request for a meeting. But Mertey spends all his time with Danseni and refuses to take Valmona. He is offended and announces his former friend a war. The Viscount sends Dunseny a letter in which he reminds the young man of the existence of Cecilia, eager for attention and love and ready to meet with him that night, that is, Danseni must make a choice between coquetry and love, between pleasure and happiness. Danseni, not having warned the Marquis that their night date is canceled, meets with her young lover. The Marquise is enraged, having received a note from Valmont upon awakening: “Well, how do you find the joys of the past night? ..” and comes up with a way to cruelly take revenge on him. She shows Dunseny’s note and convinces him to call the viscount to a duel. Valmont dies, but before his death, he opens his eyes to the Marquis de Merteys, showing a number of letters indicating regular correspondence between them. In them she talks about herself, and in the most shameless manner, scandalous stories. Danseni does not make this a secret. So soon the Marquise has to endure a brutal scene. In the theater, she turns out to be alone in her bed, although there were always a lot of admirers near her, after the performance, she went to the foyer and was booed by the men present; the cup of her humiliation overflows, when M. de Prevan, nowhere else appearing after his adventure, enters the foyer, where everyone joyfully greets him. There is no doubt that he will be returned to the post and rank. but before his death, he opens his eyes to the Marquis de Merteys, showing a number of letters indicating regular correspondence between them. In them she talks about herself, and in the most shameless manner, scandalous stories. Danseni does not make this a secret. So soon the Marquise has to endure a brutal scene. In the theater, she turns out to be alone in her bed, although there were always a lot of admirers near her, after the performance, she went to the foyer and was booed by the men present; the cup of her humiliation overflows, when M. de Prevan, nowhere else appearing after his adventure, enters the foyer, where everyone joyfully greets him. There is no doubt that he will be returned to the post and rank. but before his death, he opens his eyes to the Marquis de Merteys, showing a number of letters indicating regular correspondence between them. In them she talks about herself, and in the most shameless manner, scandalous stories. Danseni does not make this a secret. So soon the Marquise has to endure a brutal scene. In the theater, she turns out to be alone in her bed, although there were always a lot of admirers near her, after the performance, she went to the foyer and was booed by the men present; the cup of her humiliation overflows, when M. de Prevan, nowhere else appearing after his adventure, enters the foyer, where everyone joyfully greets him. There is no doubt that he will be returned to the post and rank. In them she talks about herself, and in the most shameless manner, scandalous stories. Danseni does not make this a secret. So soon the Marquise has to endure a brutal scene. In the theater, she turns out to be alone in her bed, although there were always a lot of admirers near her, after the performance, she went to the foyer and was booed by the men present; the cup of her humiliation overflows, when M. de Prevan, nowhere else appearing after his adventure, enters the foyer, where everyone joyfully greets him. There is no doubt that he will be returned to the post and rank. In them she talks about herself, and in the most shameless manner, scandalous stories. Danseni does not make this a secret. So soon the Marquise has to endure a brutal scene. In the theater, she turns out to be alone in her bed, although there were always a lot of admirers near her, after the performance, she went to the foyer and was booed by the men present; the cup of her humiliation overflows, when M. de Prevan, nowhere else appearing after his adventure, enters the foyer, where everyone joyfully greets him. There is no doubt that he will be returned to the post and rank. she was booed by men present; the cup of her humiliation overflows, when M. de Prevan, nowhere else appearing after his adventure, enters the foyer, where everyone joyfully greets him. There is no doubt that he will be returned to the post and rank. she was booed by men present; the cup of her humiliation overflows, when M. de Prevan, nowhere else appearing after his adventure, enters the foyer, where everyone joyfully greets him. There is no doubt that he will be returned to the post and rank.
The marquise, having had smallpox, is terribly disfigured, and one of her acquaintances utters the phrase, picked up by everyone: “The disease has turned her inside out, and now her soul is on her face.” She flees to Holland, taking with her diamonds for a very large amount, which were subject to return to her husband’s legacy. Cecilia Volange, after learning about the death of de Tourvel and Valmont and the disgrace of the marquise, goes to the monastery and brings a vow of a novice. Danseni leaves Paris and goes to Malta, where he intends to stay forever and live away from the world.


Summary Hazardous links