Cyrano de Bergerac
How we cite our quotes:
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 –
Bodily! – (V. 290-294)
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, 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.
I never loved but one man in my life,
And I have lost him – twice. (V. 324-325)
The idea Roxane has of her lover being "one man" instead of both Christian and Cyrano not only combines both men’s identities, but resigns them to the same fate – death.