Cyrano de Bergerac Appearances Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line)
Hm—The boy looks pale
When he is asleep—thin too—starving to death—
If that poor child knew! Handsome, none the less…(IV.13-15)
Even after being half-starved and living in constant fear of attack, Christian maintains his good looks. Cyrano’s assessment is part jealousy and part happiness on behalf of Roxane.
I came here to say
"Forgive me"—(It is time to be forgiven
Now, when we may die presently)—forgive me
For being light and vain and loving you
Only because you were beautiful.
Afterwards I knew better. Afterwards
(I had to learn to use my wings) I loved you
For yourself too—knowing you more, and loving
More of you. And now—
It is yourself
I love now: your own self. (IV.434-443)
Roxane thinks her vanity has dissipated, but do we believe her? Would she really choose Cyrano if given the truth?
I can love more of you—more of what makes
You your own self—Truly!...If you were less
—Less charming—ugly even—
I should love you still.
You mean that?
Yes. Even then!
Now are you happy?
Rather than rejoice in Roxane’s newfound ability to NOT be a shallow chick out of Mean Girls, Christian has to despair at the fact that he’s nothing but a pretty boy.