Death in Venice

Dangerous Liaisons – Part One, Exchange One: Letters I–IX

Summary Letter I of Dangerous Liasons is remarkably not dangerous. It is taken from the correspondence of two teenage girls: Cécile Volanges to Sophie Carnay. Cécile has just left the convent, where Sophie is still cloistered, to enter the world of society and to get married off. While Cécile waits for her watchful mother, Madame …

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Dangerous Liaisons – Part One, Exchange Three: Letters 21–26

Summary Valmont has had some success recently in the Tourvel-department, as he brags to the Marquise in Letter Twenty-one. His new plan is to have complimentary things about himself reported back to the Présidente through the manservant she employed to follow him. Valmont first has one of his own servants go to the nearest village …

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Dangerous Liaisons – Part Two, Exchange Seven: Letters 64–75

Summary In Letter Sixty-six, which contains both Letters Sixty-four and Sixty-five, the Vicomte de Valmont writes to the Marquise de Merteuil, first to describe his recent interactions with Danceny with regard to the Cécile affair, and second, to reserve the right to sleep with Cécile if Danceny refuses. Valmont encloses the previous two letters to …

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Dangerous Liaisons – Part One, Exchange Four: Letters 27–36

Summary After the emotionally charged exchange between Valmont and Tourvel, Céciles letter to the Marquise de Merteuil (Letter Twenty-seven) comes as a breath of fresh air. She writes to ask for advice about how to conduct herself in her budding affair with the Chevalier Danceny and includes the letter he has recently sent her (Letter …

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