Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Appearances Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
CYRANO 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.
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. CHRISTIAN (Astonished) Roxane!... ROXANE 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 – CHRISTIAN Now?... ROXANE 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?
ROXANE I can love more of you – more of what makes You your own self – Truly!...If you were less Lovable… CHRISTIAN No! ROXANE - Less charming – ugly even – I should love you still. CHRISTIAN You mean that? ROXANE I do Mean that! CHRISTIAN Ugly?... ROXANE Yes. Even then! CHRISTIAN (Agonized) Oh…God!... ROXANE Now are you happy? CHRISTIAN (Choking) Yes…(IV. 460-465)
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.