Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Identity Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
RAGUENEAU Yesterday they played "Scapin" – He has stolen your scene – LE BRET The whole scene – word for word! RAGUENEAU Yes: "What the devil was he doing there" – That one! 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) The Scene Went well?... RAGUENEAU Ah, monsieur, they laughed – and laughed – How they did laugh! CYRANO 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.
ROXANE 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.