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Dangerous Liaisons

Pierre Ambroise Laclos

Part Four, Exchange Fourteen: Letters 150–164

Summary Part Four, Exchange Fourteen: Letters 150–164

An even more extreme and realistic danger is the Marquise de Merteuil's simple declaration of war with Valmont. In a word, she brings about the collapse of the complex formation of deceits and liaisons she and Valmont shared with each other. A single, lonely, and undelivered letter lingers in the no man's land between the Présidente de Tourvel's sickbed and the world. This missive is condemned to spend the rest of eternity in a place of anticipation, not unlike the purgatory the Présidente's soul will soon inhabit.