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Dangerous Liaisons Scene Analysis The pride of the Vicomte de Valmont is his liberator as much as it is his downfall. His arrogance led him to believe he would be able to take on the task of seducing both Cecile de Volanges as well as Madame de Tourvel, enabled by the constant reassurance from the Marquise de Merteuil. Through a conversation with Merteuil, Valmont realizes his affection for Tourvel, a married and highly moral prude, and decides his reputation is too good to compromise over something as silly as love. The scene begins with an animated and enthused Tourvel meeting Valmont with a long kiss, giving into the lust she had spent the previous months unwilling to succumb to. Valmont falls to his knees, almost as if he cannot carry the weight of what he has come here to do, and creates a possibility that her loving embrace is powerful enough to prevent him from leaving. The camera positions the lovers slightly off center, and emphasizes the closeness of his brain to her heart, both causing a change in character in each of them. She has abandoned her loyalty

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