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4 Nancy's best friend is the gossipy and viperish Celia (Elizabeth Perkins); Celia may come off as a bit of a harpy at first, but she's got her own problems, including rebellious daughters and a philandering husband.
Only Leo, with his natty, neatly tailored suits, his quick eyes, his aura of extremely refined libido, gave a sense that he could defend the gallery in the viperish world in which he had achieved so much.
Immature and viperish are descriptions which are widespread.
As already noted, none of the other characters, not even the viperish Mlle Michonneau, condemns Vautrin for that quality.
It was a viperish thing -- all involved in a rather unusual cycle of love.