Vicomte de Valmont: You see, I have no intention of breaking down her prejudices. I want her to believe in God and virtue and the sanctity 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 betrayal was your favorite word.
Marquise de Merteuil: No, no…”cruelty”. I always think that has a nobler ring to it.
There are many sexy scenes in the movie Dangerous Liaisons, where the Vicomte de Valmont seduces both the young, innocent Cecile de Volange and the pure, chaste Madame de Tourvel.
(I feel I need to add that I find this sexy because it’s a fantasy and not reality. I’m not especially into ruining marriages.)
I love the concept illustrated in this quote. The idea that you are trying so hard to resist, with all your will, with all your strength… yet it’s just so amazingly good you cannot. And the one seducing you knows that. He or she knows exactly how to work you, how to control you, how to break you down slowly, little by little. And takes great pleasure from watching you fight, then weaken, then finally lay helpless and begging.
It’s a game. A deliciously, addictive game.