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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 #1

The play begins at two. Plenty of time
And here’s the whole floor empty. Shall we try
Our exercise?
(They fence with the foils which they have brought.) (I.4-6)

Swordplay and dueling were common practices during 17th-century France. They were deemed a blatant show of courage from a man. So the fact that the two cavaliers bring their foils to a play and practice fighting beforehand shows their eagerness to develop a brave façade.

Quote #2

Then she may be
One of those aesthetes… Intellectuals,
You call themHow can I talk to a woman
In that style? I have no wit. This fine manner
Of speaking and of writing nowadays
Not for me! I am a soldierand afraid. (I.77-82)

Speaking renders the courageous Christian afraid; he knows how highly speech is valued in society, and rightly fears becoming an object of ridicule if he does not meet the standards.

Quote #3

Shall we go
And sit upon the stage? Come Valvert.
CHRISTIAN (Starts at the name.)
The VicomteAh, that scoundrel! Quickmy glove
I’ll throw it in his face (I.182-185)

Christian shows his bravery by wanting to duel the Vicomte de Valvert for imposing himself on Roxane.

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