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| Quote #1
The play begins at two. Plenty of time –
And here’s the whole floor empty. Shall we try
(They fence with the foils which they have brought.) (I. 4-6)
Swordplay and dueling was common practice during seventeenth century France. It was deemed a blatant show of courage from a man. So the fact that the two cavaliers brought 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 them – How 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 soldier – and 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 Vicomte – Ah, that scoundrel! Quick – my 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.