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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quotes

Quote #19

CYRANO
I never
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

LE BRET
Horrible!
CARBON
Why, yes. All of that.
LE BRET
Mordious!
CARBON (Gesture toward the sleeping Cadets) >Swear gently – You might wake them.
(To Cadets)
Go to sleep –
Hush! –
(To Le Bret)
Who sleeps dines.
LE BRET
I have insomnia.
God! What a famine.
(Firing off stage.)
CARBON
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)
Bergerac, idiot!
LE BRET (Goes to meet him.)
Thank God again!
CYRANO (Signs to him not to wake anyone.) >Hush!
LE BRET
Wounded?
CYRANO
No – They always miss me – quite
A habit by this time!
LE BRET
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.

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