Cyrano de Bergerac
CYRANO (More and more pale, struggling against pain)
Saturday, the nineteenth: The King fell ill,
After eight helpings of grape marmalade.
His malady was brought before the court,
Found guilty of high treason; whereupon
His Majesty revived. The royal pulse
Is now normal. Sunday, the twentieth:
The Queen gave a grand ball, at which they burned
Seven hundred and sixty-three wax candles. Note:
They say our troops have been victorious
In Austria. Later: Three sorcerers
Have been hung. Special post: The little dog
Of Madame d’Athis was obliged to take
Four pills before –
Monsieur de Bergerac,
Will be kindly be quiet!
Lygdamire has a new lover.
CYRANO (His face more and more altered)
Tuesday, The Twenty-second: All the court has gone
To Fountainbleau. Wednesday: The Comte de Fiesque
Spoke to Madame de Montglat; she said No.
Thursday: Mancini was the Queen of France
Or – very nearly! Friday: La Montglat
Said Yes. Saturday, twenty-sixth… (V. 195-215)