Cyrano de Bergerac Appearances Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line)
Hmph!—Well, then, the real reason why you hate
Montfleury—Come, the truth, now!
Who cannot hold his belly in his arms,
Still dreams of being sweetly dangerous
Among the women – sighs and languishes,
Making sheeps’ eyes out of his great frog’s face—
I hate him ever since one day he dared
Oh, my friend, I seemed to see
Over some flower a great snail crawling! (I.532-540)
It is hypocritical that Cyrano mocks Montfleury for his appearance, but not his character.
May I know? You have never said—
Whom I love? Think a moment. Think of me—
Me, whom the plainest woman would despise—
Me, with this nose of mine that marches on
Before me by a quarter of an hour!
Whom should I love? Why—of course—it must be
The woman in the world most beautiful. (I.542-548)
Cyrano falls victim to the same shallowness as those around him: he judges himself for his appearance, not for his character.
Who and what is this woman?
Mortally, without meaning; exquisite
Without imagining. Nature’s own snare
To allure manhood. A white rose wherein
Love lies in ambush for his natural prey.
Who knows her smile has known a perfect thing.
She creates grace in her own image, brings
Heaven to earth in one movement of her hand—
Nor thou, O Venus! balancing thy shell
Over the Mediterranean blue, nor thou,
Diana! marching through broad, blossoming woods,
Art so divine as when she mounts her chair,
And goes abroad through Paris! (I.551-563)
Cyrano admires Roxane solely for her beauty.