Cyrano de Bergerac
How we cite our quotes:
It was you.
No, no, Roxane, no!
And I might have known,
Every time that I heard you speak my name!...
No – It was not I –
I swear –
I understand everything now: The letters –
That was you…
No! (V. 250-255)
Cyrano denies his own intense love for Roxane just so that she may maintain the beautiful image of Christian’s sacrifice for her love. But does he do this for Christian’s or Roxane’s sake?
You shall not die! I love you – (V. 308)
Roxane still plays the part of an innocent and naïve girl; but simply loving Cyrano will do nothing to change the folly of the last fifteen years.
And I – I have done
This to you! All my fault – mine!
You? Why no,
On the contrary! I had never known
Womanhood and its sweetness but for you.
My mother did not love to look at me –
I never had a sister – Later on,
I feared the mistress with a mockery
Behind her smile. But you – because of you
I have had one friend not quite all a friend –
Across my life, one whispering silken gown! (V. 313-322)
Although he has died in part because of his love for Roxane, Cyrano is still grateful to her.