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.
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