Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Identity Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
CYRANO Ah, you too, Vanity! I knew you would overthrow me in the end – No! I fight on! I fight on! (He swings the blade in great circles, then pauses, gasping. When he speaks again, it is in another tone.) Yes, all my laurels you have riven away And all my roses; yet in spite of you, There is one crown I bear away with me And to-night, when I enter before God, My salute shall sweep all the stars away From the blue threshold! One thing without stain, Unspotted from the world, in spite of doom Mine own! (He springs forward, his sword lifted aloft.) And that is… (The sword escapes his hand; he totters, and falls into the arms of Le Bret and Ragueneau.) ROXANE (Bends over him and kisses him on the forehead.) - That is… CYRANO (Opens his eyes and smiles up at her.) My white plume… (V. 374-384)
In the end, the white plume symbolizes everything Cyrano has stood for: courage, integrity, honor, and uncompromising virtue. His last thought is not of Roxane, nor Christian, not his nose, but of the one item that represents his sense of personal identity.