Cyrano de Bergerac
How we cite our quotes:
She knows that I exist – no matter why!
So now, you are going to be happy.
I – I am going to be a storm – a flame –
I need to fight whole armies all alone;
I have ten hearts; I have a hundred arms; I feel
Too strong to war with mortals –
(He shouts at the top of his voice.)
BRING ME GIANTS! (I. 620-625)
Cyrano is so in love with Roxane that her mere acknowledgement of his existence sends him into raptures. This interaction is then responsible for his victory against the assassins.
And such a man! –
He is proud – noble – young – brave – beautiful – (II. 201-202)
Roxane pretends her love is based on virtue, but we know that her final description of Christian as "beautiful" is reflective of her actual mindset.
And I thought
You…You were so brave, so invincible
Yesterday, against all those brutes! – If, you,
Whom they all fear –
Oh well – I will defend
Your little Baron.
Will you? Just for me?
Because I have always been – your friend!
Will you be his friend?
I will be his friend.
And never let him fight a duel?
No – never.
Oh, but you are a darling! – I must go –
You never told me about last night – Why,
You must have been a hero! Have him write
And tell me all about it – will you?
Of course…(II. 233-244)
Does Cyrano help Christian because of this, Roxane’s request, or does he do it for selfish reasons?