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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand

Lies and Deceit Quotes

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Quote #7

ROXANE
But Cyrano? What will you do to him?
Order him into danger? He loves that!
I know what I should do.
DE GUICHE
What?
ROXANE
Leave him here
With his Cadets, while all the regiment
Goes on to glory! That would torture him –
To sit all through the war with folded arms –
I know his nature. If you hate that man,
Strike at his self-esteem.
DE GUICHE
Oh woman – woman!
Who but a woman would have thought of this?
ROXANE
He’ll eat his heart out, while his Gascon friends
Bite their nails all day long in Paris here.
And you will be avenged! (III. 99-110)

Love and deception are inseparable in Cyrano de Bergerac.

Quote #8

DE GUICHE
You love me then,
A little?...
(She smiles.)
Making my enemies your own,
Hating them – I should like to see in that
A sign of love, Roxane.
ROXANE
Perhaps it is one…(III. 110-113)

Roxane’s conversation with de Guiche is much like the "I love someone" conversation she had earlier with Cyrano.

Quote #9

Cyrano
- Oh, but to-night, now, I dare say these things –
I…to you…and you hear them!...It is too much!
In my most sweet unreasonable dreams,
I have not hoped for this! Now let me die,
Having lived. It is my voice, mine, my own,
That makes you tremble there in the green gloom
Above me (III. 328-334)

Here we see that Cyrano takes pride in winning Roxane over – even though he can’t have her himself. His line, "It is my voice, mine, my own / that makes you tremble," suggests that this knowledge is enough for him.

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