Cyrano de Bergerac
Lies and Deceit Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
I go caparisoned in gems unseen,
Trailing white plumes of freedom, garlanded
With my good name – no figure of a man,
But a soul clothed in shining armor, hung
With deeds for decorations, twirling – thus –
A bristling wit, and swinging at my side
Courage, and on the stones of this old town
Making the sharp truth ring, like golden spurs! (I. 424-231)
The ideals that Cyrano holds closest to his heart – freedom, reputation, wit, courage, and truth – are abstract concepts that nobody can see. Here is a beautiful example of Cyrano’s inner beauty, despite his outward ugliness.
My old friend – look at me,
And tell me how much hope remains for me
With his protuberance! Oh, I have no more
Illusions! (I. 568-571)
Cyrano believes his "illusion" is that Roxane could love him despite appearances. In fact, his real self-deception is that his looks preclude her love.
"Your Friend – who loves you..."
So, no signature (II. 100-101)
Cyrano is too timid to sign his name even before the Christian alliance comes about; therefore, his deception of Roxane has more to do with his own nerves than it does with helping Christian.