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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quotes

Quote #4

CYRANO
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.

Quote #5

THE MEDDLER
The Duc de Candale has a long arm.
CYRANO
Mine
Is longer,
(Drawing his sword)
by three feet of steel.
THE MEDDLER
Yes, yes,
But do you dream of daring –
CYRANO
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.

Quote #6

LE BRET
Speak to her
Speak, man!
CYRANO
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.

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