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August 5th, 2005

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05:26 pm - Letter 4: Valmont and love/desire/sex
What do you make of the way Valmont talks about love, desire and sex, in particular the vocabulary of war and of religion? Also the line, "It has become necessary for me to have this woman, so as to save myself from the ridicule of being in love with her: for to what lengths will a man not be driven by thwarted desire?" (1961 Penguin p.29), which in French is, "J'ai bien besoin d'avoir cette femme, pour me sauver du ridicule d'en être amoureux: car où ne mène pas un désir contrarié?"

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