Cyrano de Bergerac Love Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line)
(After a silence, draws Cyrano’s arm through his own.)
Tell this to all the world—And then to me
Say very softly that… She loves you not. (II.459-461)
Again, Le Bret is the only character to truly understand Cyrano and the complexity of his love.
Do you not know
I am her brother? Come!
Her… brother? You?
(Hurries to him.)
Her cousin. Much the same.
And she has told you?...
She loves me?
CHRISTIAN (Takes both his hands.)
My dear sir—more than I can say,
I am honored—
This is rather sudden.
Forgive me— (II.526-532)
Only when Christian learns that Cyrano is Roxane’s cousin does he ask his forgiveness; his actions, like Cyrano’s, are driven entirely by desire for Roxane.
CYRANO (change of tone)
Roxane expects a letter—
Not from me?
Yes. Why not?
Once I write, that ruins all!
Because… because I am a fool!
Stupid enough to hang myself!
You are no fool; you call yourself a fool,
There’s proof enough in that. Besides, you did not
Attack me like a fool.
Bah! Any one
Can pick quarrel. Yes, I have a sort
Of rough and ready soldier’s tongue. I know
That. But with any woman—paralyzed,
Speechless, dumb. I can only look at them.
Yet sometimes, when I go away, their eyes…
Why not their hearts, if you would wait and see?
No. I am one of those—I know—those men
Who never can make love.
Strange… Now it seems
I, if I gave my mind to it, I might
Perhaps make love well.
Oh, if I had words
To say what I have here!
If I could be
A handsome little Musketeer with eyes!
Besides—you know Roxane—how sensitive—
One rough word, and the sweet illusion—gone!
I wish you might be my interpreter.
I wish I had your wit—
Borrow it, then!
Your beautiful young manhood—lend me that,
And we two make one hero of romance! (II.536-560)
Both men are so desperate for Roxane’s love that they are willing to manipulate each other to achieve their ends.