Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Love Quotes
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CYRANO But the cool, quiet pipe our goatherds play! Listen – the forest glens…the hills…the downs… The green sweetness of night on the Dordogne… Listen, you Gascons! It is all Gascoyne!... (Every head is bowed; every eye cast down. Here and there a tear is furtively brushed away with the back of a hand, the corner of a cloak.) CARBON (Softly to Cyrano) You make them weep – CYRANO For homesickness – a hunger More noble than that hunger of the flesh; It is their hearts now that are starving. (IV. 95-101)
Over and over, Cyrano fights practical reality with overblown romanticism.
CYRANO So it is!...Well – a poet while he writes Is like a lover in his lady’s arms, Believing his imagination – all Seems true – you understand? There’s half the charm Of writing – Now, this letter as you see I have made so pathetic that I wept While I was writing it! CHRISTIAN You – wept? CYRANO Why, yes – Because…it is a little thing to die, But – not to see her…that is terrible! And I shall never – (Christian looks at him.) We shall never – (Quickly) You Will never – CHRISTIAN(Snatches the letter.) Give me that! (IV. 215-225)
Despite his best efforts, Cyrano’s love for Roxane is too overwhelming for him to hide.
ROXANE You do not altogether know me…Dear, There is more of me than there was –with this I can love more of you – more of what makes You your own self – Truly!...If you were less Lovable – CHRISTIAN No! ROXANE - Less charming – ugly even – I should love you still. (IV. 458-463)
Roxane’s love transforms from the shallow, appearance-obsessed kind to one of greater depth, a love of the lover’s expression – which is, as Roxane describes – the outpouring of the lover’s soul.