Cyrano de Bergerac Courage Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line)
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 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.
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.