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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand

Love Quotes

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Quote #7

CYRANO
She knows that I exist – no matter why!
LE BRET
So now, you are going to be happy.
CYRANO
Now!...
(Beside himself)
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.

Quote #8

ROXANE
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.

Quote #9

ROXANE
And I thought
You…You were so brave, so invincible
Yesterday, against all those brutes! – If, you,
Whom they all fear –
CYRANO
Oh well – I will defend
Your little Baron.
ROXANE
Will you? Just for me?
Because I have always been – your friend!
CYRANO
Of course…
ROXANE
Will you be his friend?
CYRANO
I will be his friend.
ROXANE
And never let him fight a duel?
CYRANO
No – never.
ROXANE
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?
CYRANO
Of course…(II. 233-244)

Does Cyrano help Christian because of this, Roxane’s request, or does he do it for selfish reasons?

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