Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Appearances Quotes
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LE BRET And why not? If you love her, tell her so! You have covered yourself with glory in her eyes This very day. CYRANO My old friend – look at me, And tell me how much hope remains for me With this protuberance! Oh I have no more Illusions! Now and then – bah! I may grow Tender, walking alone in the blue cool Of evening, through some garden fresh with flowers After the benediction of the rain; My poor big devil of a nose inhales April…and so I follow with my eyes Where some boy, with a girl upon his arm, Passes a patch of silver…and I feel Somehow, I wish I had a woman too, Walking with little steps under the moon, And holding my arm so, and smiling. Then I dream – and I forget… And then I see The shadow of my profile on the wall! (I. 566-583)
Cyrano’s biggest mistake is assuming that Roxane is too shallow to ever love him.
CYRANO My friend, I have my bitter days, Knowing myself so ugly, so alone. Sometimes – LE BRET You weep? CYRANO (Quickly) Oh, not that ever! No, That would be too grotesque – tears trickling down All the long way along this nose of mine? I will not so profane the dignity of sorrow. Never any tears for me! Why, there is nothing more sublime than tears, Nothing! – Shall I make them ridiculous In my poor person? (I. 584-593)
Cyrano allows his appearances to dictate his actions.
LE BRET Speak to her Speak, man! CYRANO Through my nose? She might laugh at me; That is the one thing in this world I fear! (I. 602-604)
Cyrano’s feelings for Roxane have reached paralyzing heights; this is why he acts through Christian – he doesn’t have the guts to act for himself. It is not kindness, then, that dictates his actions, but cowardice.