It is the story of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two narcissistic rivals and ex-lovers who use seduction as a weapon to socially control and exploit others, all the while enjoying their cruel games and boasting about their talent for manipulation. The book has also been described as merely a story about two amoral people. As an epistolary novel , the book is composed of letters written by the various characters to each other. In particular, the letters between Valmont and the Marquise drive the plot, with those of their victims and other characters serving as contrasting figures to give the story its depth.
Les Liaisons Dangereuse, Resumé Et Psychologie Des Personnages - Mémoires Gratuits - Alexalhin
Fut un temps, nous savions encore manier le verbe. On correspondait. You see, I have no intention of breaking down her prejudices. I want her to believe in God and virtue and the sanctity of marriage, and still not be able to stop herself. I ended by falling on my knees and pledging her eternal love. And do you know that, at that time, and for several hours afterwards, I actually meant it.