| Quote #4
A CUT-PURSE (Gathers around him several evil-looking young fellows)Now then, you picaroons,
The cut-purses, like gangs of thieves today, have their own jargon, their own way of speaking that is enigmatic to the layman. Because men are defined by their speech in this play, the cut-purse is set apart by his words from the gentlemen around him.
| Quote #5
CYRANO (Closes his eyes for an instant.)
Cyrano’s brilliant improvisation fits the structure of a ballade – an impressive feat indeed.
| Quote #6
RAGUENEAU (Raises his head; returns to mere earth.)
Ragueneau’s wordplay, punning between poetical terms and cooking ones, makes him one of the funniest and most pretentious characters in the play.