Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Principles Quotes
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LE BRET You weep? CYRANO (Quickly) Oh, not that ever! No, That would be too grotesque – tears trickling down All the long way along this nose of mine? I will not so profane the dignity of sorrow. Never any tears for me! Why, there is nothing more sublime than tears, Nothing! – Shall I make them ridiculous In my poor person? (I. 587-593)
Cyrano has such respect for the dignity of sorrow that he dares not defame it with his ugly crying face. This respect for tears is one of his most deeply held values.
DE GUICHE I suppose you have written a tragedy – They all have. LE BRET (Aside to Cyrano) Now at last you’ll have it played – Your "Agrippine!" DE GUICHE Why not? Take it to him. CYRANO (Tempted) Really – DE GUICHE He is himself a dramatist; Let him rewrite a few lines here and there, he’ll approve the rest. CYRANO (His face falls again.) Impossible. My blood curdles to think of altering One comma. DE GUICHE Ah, but when he likes a thing He pays well. CYRANO Yes – but not so well as I – When I have made a line that sings itself So that I love the sound of it – I pay Myself a hundred times. (II. 335-346)
Cyrano shows his integrity by refusing to sell himself and his work to the Cardinal for money. He loves his craft so much that he staunchly refuses to let anyone alter a single word of it.
DE GUICHE I hired them to do the sort of work We do not soil our hands with – punishing A drunken poet…(II. 354-356)
De Guiche’s concern for appearance dictates his attitudes toward fighting and battle, just as Cyrano’s concerns for principles do for him.