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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac


by Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac Lies and Deceit Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line)

Quote #1

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.

Quote #2

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.

Quote #3

"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.

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