The French ambassador to China, and Gallimard’s superior at the embassy in Beijing. Toulon promotes Gallimard to vice-consul and charges him with collecting information to aid the American war in Vietnam. He shares Gallimard’s belief that the “natural” relationship between Asia and the West is one of humble submission and benevolent domination. Toulon also plays the judge who hears Song’s testimony at Gallimard’s trial.
Manuel Toulon Quotes in M. Butterfly
The M. Butterfly quotes below are all either spoken by Manuel Toulon or refer to Manuel Toulon. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Plume edition of M. Butterfly published in 1989.).
Manuel Toulon Character Timeline in M. Butterfly
The timeline below shows where the character Manuel Toulon appears in M. Butterfly. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 12
...day he receives Song’s heartbroken letter, Gallimard attends a party at the home of Monsieur Toulon, another French diplomat and Gallimard’s superior at the embassy. Toulon pulls Gallimard aside for a... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 13
Act 2, Scene 3
Act 2, Scene 6
Act 2, Scene 9
Act 3, Scene 1