Cyrano de Bergerac
How we cite our quotes:
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.
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.
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.