Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Revenge Quotes
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A CADET (Enters with a drawn sword, along the whole blade of which is transfixed a collection of disreputable hats, their plumes draggled, their crowns cut and torn.) Cyrano! See here – Look what we found this morning in the street – The plumes dropped in their flight by those fine birds Who showed the white feather! CARBON Spoils of the hunt – Well mounted! THE CROWD Ha-ha-ha! CUIGY Whoever hired Those rascals, he must be an angry man To-day! BRISSAILLE Who was it? Do you know? DE GUICHE Myself! – (The laughter ceases.) I hired them to do the sort of work We do not soil our hands with – punishing A drunken poet… (Uncomfortable silence) THE CADET (To Cyrano) What shall we do with them? They ought to be preserved before they spoil – CYRANO (Takes the sword, and in the gesture of saluting De Guiche with it, makes all the hats slide off at his feet.) Sir, will you not return these to your friends? DE GUICHE My chair – my porters here – immediately! (II. 346-359)
De Guiche confirms our suspicions of his rabid, revenge-obsessed character. Cyrano, however, shows a flare of spirit in taking a bit of his own revenge. To rub in the Comte’s men’s incompetence, he mockingly asks the Comte to return the fallen plumes (already a sign of cowardice and a source of shame for the Comte).
ROXANE But Cyrano? What will you do to him? Order him into danger? He loves that! I know what I should do. DE GUICHE What? ROXANE Leave him here With his Cadets, while all the regiment Goes on to glory! That would torture him – To sit all through the war with folded arms – I know his nature. If you hate that man, Strike at his self-esteem. DE GUICHE Oh woman – woman! Who but a woman would have thought of this? ROXANE He’ll eat his heart out, while his Gascon friends Bite their nails all day long in Paris here. And you will be avenged! DE GUICHE You love me then, A little?... (She smiles.) Making my enemies your own, Hating them – I should like to see in that A sign of love, Roxane. ROXANE Perhaps it is one… (III. 99-113)
Roxane takes advantage of the Comte’s obsession for revenge to save Christian.
ROXANE (The others gather around her. She pretends to read from the letter, aloud.) "Mademoiselle: The Cardinal Will have his way, although against your will; That is why I am sending this to you By a most holy man, intelligent, Discreet. You will communicate to him Our order to perform, here and at once The rite of… (Turns the page) Holy Matrimony. You And Christian will be married privately In your house. I have sent him to you. I know You hesitate. Be resigned, nevertheless, To the Cardinal’s command, who sends herewith His blessing. Be assured also of my own Respect and high consideration – signed, Your very humble and – etcetera – "(III. 424-37)
Roxane changes the contents of the letter in part to get revenge on the Comte for offending her honor (by thinking she would get dirty with him while the men marched off the war).