Cyrano de Bergerac
How we cite our quotes:
A GUARDSMAN (to a flower girl who comes forward)
Of you to come before they light the hall!
(Puts his arm around her)
FIRST CAVALIER (Receives a thrust of the foil)
THE GUARDSMAN (Pursuing the girl)
THE FLOWER GIRL (Pushing away from him)
They’ll see us!
THE GUARDSMAN (Draws her into a dark corner)
No danger! (I. 8-10)
Love, or lust in this particular case, is like war in Cyrano de Bergerac. The language of the amorous guardsman and the reluctant flower girl are given in terse, exclaimed language – hits or strikes from verbal sparring.
A little longer! She is always here.
Please! I must find some way of meeting her.
I am dying of love! (I. 71-73)
Christian shows us how easily the term "love" is thrown out in the play; his exaggerations and melodrama are par for the course.
CHRISTIAN (Looks up, sees ROXANE, and seizes LIGNIÈRE by the arm.)
There! Quick – up there –
In the box! Look!
Quickly – Her name?
LIGNIÈRE (Sipping his wine, and speaking between sips)
Madeleine Robin, called Roxane…refined…
Oh! – (I. 145 – 149)
Christian doesn’t even know Roxane’s name before he goes about declaring his love for her.