Cyrano de Bergerac
How we cite our quotes:
CYRANO (low and quick, in Christian’s ear, while ROXANE is dipping into the water a strip of linen torn from her dress.)
I have told her; she loves you.
(CHRISTIAN closes his eyes.) (IV. 524)
Cyrano lies to Christian not because he values the man as a friend, but because his selfless love for Roxane (his desire for her to be happy) has defeated his selfish love (his desire to have her for himself).
And his last letter – always at your heart?
It hangs here, like a holy reliquary.
Dead – and you love him still! (V. 44-46)
Roxane’s love for Christian transcends death; de Guiche, with his shallow vision of love, cannot understand this.
Sometimes I think
He has not altogether died; our hearts
Meet, and his love flows all around me, living. (V. 46-48)
This is an expression of Roxane’s immortal love for Christian; for her, he is still alive.