How we cite the quotes:
Citations follow this format: (Act.Line)
| Quote #19
Look at you, but there’s some new virtue born
In me, some new courage. Do you begin
To understand, a little? Can you feel
My soul, there in the darkness, breathe on you? (III. 323-327)
Love inspires new superhuman courage in Cyrano. This recalls the final "Bring me giants!" scene in Act I where Cyrano, spurred on by Roxane’s acknowledgement of him, spends his newfound courage fighting off 100 men.
| Quote #20
Why, yes. All of that.
CARBON (Gesture toward the sleeping Cadets) >Swear gently – You might wake them.
Go to sleep –
(To Le Bret)
Who sleeps dines.
I have insomnia.
God! What a famine.
(Firing off stage.)
Curse that musketry!
They’ll wake my babies. (IV. 1-5)
Though Captain Carbon is ultimately a fighting man, he loves his Cadets with an almost motherly tenderness.
| Quote #21
CYRANO (Appears on the parapet)
LE BRET (Goes to meet him.)
Thank God again!
CYRANO (Signs to him not to wake anyone.) >Hush!
No – They always miss me – quite
A habit by this time!
Yes, you can laugh –
Risking a life like yours to carry letters –
Where are you going now?
CYRANO (At the tent door) >To write another. (IV. 29-32)
Le Bret, Cyrano’s closest friend, worries about him risking his life every morning to send a love letter. Obviously not bothered by Le Bret’s concerns, Cyrano makes it clear that he values love more than life.