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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac


by Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac Courage Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line)

Quote #4

And I offer
One universal challenge to you all!
Approach, young heroesI will take yours names.
Each in his turnno crowding! One, two, three
Come, get your numberswho will head the list
You sir? NoYou? 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 Duc de Candale has a long arm.
Is longer,
(Drawing his sword)
by three feet of steel.
Yes, yes,
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.

Quote #6

Speak to her
Speak, man!
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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