Cyrano de Bergerac
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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.