Cyrano de Bergerac
How we cite our quotes:
She would love me if I were ugly.
Yes. Now then!
That Cyrano is so shocked by Roxane’s words is a testament to her nature; it’s hard to believe someone so vain could ever get past appearances.
SISTER MARTHE (To Mother Marguérite)
Sister Claire has been looking in the glass
At her new cap; twice! (V. 1-2)
Cyrano de Bergerac would remind us that vanity is a ubiquitous trait.
That is not the story! You remember
When Beauty said "I love you" to the Beast
That was a fairy prince, his ugliness
Changed and dissolved, like magic…But you see
I am still the same. (V. 309-313)
For the first time, Cyrano equates his ugliness with bitterness and utter despair. Ironically, at this time, Roxane no longer cares about his looks and admits her unconditional love for him.