Cyrano de Bergerac Identity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line)
Yesterday they played "Scapin"—
He has stolen your scene—
The whole scene—word for word!
Yes: "What the devil was he doing there"—
LE BRET (Furious)
And Molière stole it all from you—
In this scene, Molière does the same thing Christian did—he takes Cyrano’s words and tries to attribute them to his own creation. In a sense, they both cheated Cyrano as a poet and a man by plagiarizing these aspects of his identity.
CYRANO (To Ragueneau)
Ah, monsieur, they laughed—and laughed—
How they did laugh!
Yes—that has been my life…
Do you remember that night Christian spoke
Under your window? It was always so!
While I stood in the darkness underneath,
Others climbed up to win the applause—the kiss!—
Well—that seems only justice—I still say,
Even now, on the threshold of my tomb—
"Molière has genius—Christian had good looks—" (V.295-303)
Cyrano vacillates between his pride at having won Roxane over and frustration that he doesn’t get to have her.