Cyrano de Bergerac
SISTER MARTHE (Looks up, smiling.)
(She sees his face.)
CYRANO (Indicates Roxane.)
Sh! – Careful!
(Resumes his burlesque tone.)
I ate meat again!
Yes, I know.
That is why
He looks so pale…
CYRANO (Opens his eyes.)
What!...What is it?...
(He sees Roxane leaning over him, and quickly pulls his hat down over his head
and leans back away from her in the chair.)
No – oh no –
It is nothing – truly!
My old wound –
At Arras – sometimes – you know…
My poor friend!
Oh it is nothing; it will soon be gone… (V. 216-220)
(She comes near him, softly without his seeing her passes the chair, leans over
silently, looking at the letter. The darkness increases.)
"–I am never away from you. Even now,
I shall not leave you. In another world,
I shall be still that one who loves you, loves you
Beyond measure, beyond –"
ROXANE (Lays her hand on his shoulder.)
How can you read
Now? It is dark…
(He starts, turns, and sees her there, close to him. A little movement of surprise,
almost of fear; then he bows his head.
A long pause; then in the twilight now completely fallen, she says very softly, clasping
And all these fourteen years,
He has been the old friend who came to me
To be amusing.
It was you. (V. 242-250)