Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Identity Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
DE GUICHE That voice… (The door of Roxane’s house opens; lackeys appear, bearing lighted candles. Lights up. Cyrano removes his hat.) And that nose! – Cyrano! (III. 554)
Cyrano’s identity is primarily defined by two traits: his voice and his nose. Notice which one comes first.
ROXANE You do not altogether know me…Dear, There is more of me than there was –with this I can love more of you – more of what makes You your own self – Truly!...If you were less Lovable – CHRISTIAN No! ROXANE - Less charming – ugly even – I should love you still. CHRISTIAN You mean that? ROXANE I do Mean that! CHRISTIAN Ugly?... ROXANE Yes. Even then! (IV. 456 – 464)
Roxane is no longer the shallow girl we’ve seen before; in redefining her ideas of what identity means, she has significantly altered her own.
CHRISTIAN Let her choose between us! – Tell her everything! CYRANO No – you torture me – CHRISTIAN Shall I ruin your happiness, because I have a cursed pretty face? That seems Too unfair! CYRANO And am I to ruin yours Because I happen to be born with a power To say what you – perhaps – feel? CHRISTIAN Tell her! CYRANO Man – Do not try me too far! CHRISTIAN I am tired of being My own rival! (IV. 481 – 490)
The last line here shows just how conflicted Christian has been about letting Cyrano do the talking. At last, he works up the nerve to tell Roxane the truth, to speak with his own voice and be known for who he is. He wants Roxane to love his own identity and his own soul.