Cyrano de Bergerac
How we cite our quotes:
And I offer
One universal challenge to you all!
Approach, young heroes – I will take yours names.
Each in his turn – no crowding! One, two, three –
Come, get your numbers – who will head the list –
You sir? No- You? Ah, no. To the first man
Who falls I’ll build a monument!...Not one?
Will all who wish to die, please raise their hands? (I. 254-261)
Cyrano’s courage and devotion to his integrity force him to challenge to a duel anyone who opposes his action against Montfleury.
The Duc de Candale has a long arm.
(Drawing his sword)
by three feet of steel.
But do you dream of daring –
I do dream
Of daring… (I. 314-17)
Interestingly, Cyrano’s "dream of daring" – as we will learn later – has nothing to do with battle or swordplay; it is to tell Roxane of his love.
Speak to her
Through my nose? She might laugh at me;
That is the one thing in this world I fear! (I. 602-604)
Roxane’s potential mockery of Cyrano’s ugliness is the one thing in the world that renders him a coward. He fears it more than death itself.