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’s most important to her.
I want you to tell her that I cannot explain why I broke with her as I did. But that since then, my life has been worth nothing. Tell her it is lucky for her that I have gone and I am glad not to have to live without her. Tell her, her love was the only real happiness that I have ever known.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Madame de Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons (1988).
Stills of Daniel Day Lewis, Winona Ryder and Michelle Pfeiffer in The Age of Innocence (1993)
As I got to know you, I began to realize that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it.
Madame De Tourvel + Letters