Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Courage Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
CHRISTIAN Oh, if I had words To say what I have here! CYRANO If I could be A handsome little Musketeer with eyes! CHRISTIAN Besides – you know Roxane – how sensitive – One rough word, and the sweet illusion – gone! CYRANO I wish you might be my interpreter. CHRISTIAN I wish I had your wit – CYRANO Borrow it, then! Your beautiful young manhood – lend me that, And we two make one hero of romance! (II. 553 – 560)
Christian’s cowardice with respect to his verbal abilities mirrors Cyrano’s doubts as to his own appearances. Both men are courageous, however.
CYRANO (calls) Christian! (CHRISTIAN enters.) I have your theme – bring on your memory! – Here is your chance now to surpass yourself, No time to lose – Come! Look intelligent – Come home and learn your lines. CHRISTIAN No. CYRANO What? CHRISTIAN I’ll wait Here for Roxane. CYRANO What lunacy is this? Come quickly! CHRISTIAN No, I say! I have had enough – Taking my words, my letters, all from you – Making our love a little comedy! It was a game at first; but now – she cares… Thanks to you. I am not afraid. I’ll speak For myself now. CYRANO Undoubtedly! CHRISTIAN I will! Why not? I am no such fool – you shall see! Besides – my dear friend – you have taught me much. I ought to know something…By God, I know Enough to take a woman in my arms! (III. 152 – 167)
Christian shows his mettle by wanting to speak for himself, though he knows his words are clumsy.
FIRST CADET (With a shrug) Always the clever answer! CYRANO Always the answer – yes! Let me die so – Under some rosy-golden sunset, saying A good thing, for a good cause! By the sword, The point of honor – by the hand of one Worthy to be my foeman, let me fall – Steel in my heart, and laughter on my lips! (IV. 66-71)
Cyrano describes the way he wants to die – courageously and in battle with a worthy adversary. In some ways, he does indeed fulfill this desire – not by fighting with swords, but by fighting for love and honor.