Marquise De Merteuil - "You'll find the pain is like the shame, you only feel it once".
Marquise De Merteuil- "Like most intellectuals, he's intensely stupid."
Marquise de Merteuil - "I've distilled every thing to one single principal: win or die."
Marquise de Merteuil - You'll do better with me if you try to make an attempt not to sound like the latest novel.
Marquise De Merteuil - "When I came out into society I was 15. I already knew then that the role I was condemned to, namely to keep quiet and do what I was told, gave me the perfect opportunity to listen and observe. Not to what people told me, which naturally was of no interest to me, but to whatever it was they were trying to hide. I practiced detachment. I learn how to look cheerful while under the table I stuck a fork onto the back of my hand. I became a virtuoso of deceit. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think, and novelist to see what I could get away with, and in the end it all came down to one wonderfully simple principle: that happiness and vanity are incompatible."
"I wonder if I'm begining to guess what it is your intending to propose."
"Basteed is with his regiment in Corseca for the rest of the year. That should give you plenty of time." - Merteuil
" You mean to?"
"She's a rosebud." - Merteuil
"You think so?"
"And he'd get back from his honeymoon to find himself the laughing stock of Paris." - Merteuil
"Yes. Love and revenge. Two of your favourites." - Merteuil
"No I can't."
"What?" - Merteuil
"Really I can't."
"Why not?" - Merteuil
"It's too easy. It is. She's seen nothing, she knows nothing. She's bound to be curious. She'd be on her back before I unwrapped the first bunch of flowers. Anyone of a dozen men could manage it. I have my reputation to think of. *sits by her* I see I'm going to have to tell you everything."
"Of course you are." - Merteuil
"Yes well my Aunt is not on her own just at the moment. She has a young friend staying with her. A Madame Tourvel."
"You can't mean it." - Merteuil
"To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervour and the happiness of her marriage, what could possibly be more prestigous?"
"I think there is something degrading about having a husband for a rival. Its humilating if you fail and common place if you succeed. Wheres Monsiour anyway?" - Merteuil
"Presciding over some endless case in Burgandy."
"I don't think you can hope for any actual pleasure?" - Merteuil
"Oh yes. You see I have no intention of breaking down her prejudices. I want her to beleive in god and virtue and the sancity of marriage and still not be able to stop herself. I want the excitement of watching her betray everything that is most important to her. Surely you understand that. I thought betryal was your favourite word."
"No, no.. Cruelty. I always think that has a nobler ring to it." - Merteuil
"I think that you should take another. I think its most unhealthy this sex lascisviousty."
"Your not jealous are you?" - Merteuil
"Of course I am. I think this Belrah is most undeserving."
"I thought he was one of your most closest friends?" - Merteuil
"Exactly. So I know what I'm talking about. No, I think you should organize an infedility, with me for example."
"You refuse me a simple favour then you expect to be indulged?" - Merteuil
"It is only because it is so simple or it wouldnt feel like a conquest. I have to follow my destiny. I have to be true *kisses her breasts* to my profession."
"Alright then. Come back when you've succeded with Madame Tourvel." - Merteuil
"And I will offer you a reward." - Merteuil
"But I shall require proof." - Merteuil
"Not negotiable" - Merteuil
" I don't suppose there is any possibilty of an advance?"
"Goodnight Victome" - Merteuil
"I shant have a moments peace until its over. I love her, I hate her. My life is a misery." - Valmont
"Why do you suppose we only feel compelled to chase the ones who run away?" - Valmont
"Immaturity?" - Merteuil