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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand
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Cyrano de Bergerac Lies and Deceit Quotes

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Quote #1

CYRANO 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

CYRANO 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

CYRANO "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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