Cyrano de Bergerac
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CYRANO (Leads the bridal pair down to De Guiche and strokes with great satisfaction his long white beard.)
The handsome couple you – and God – have joined
DE GUICHE (Regarding him with a frosty eye.)
(Turns to Roxane)
DE GUICHE (To Christian)
Leaves to-night, sir. Report at once!
For the front? The war?
The Cadets were not going –
Oh yes, they are!
(Taking out the dispatch from his pocket.)
Here is the order –
Baron! Deliver this.
ROXANE (Throws herself into Christian’s arms.)
DE GUICHE (To Cyrano, sneering)
The bridal night is not so near! (III. 561-569)
After being thwarted by Cyrano’s and Roxane’s wits again, Comte de Guiche takes his revenge instantly and ruthlessly by breaking his promise to Roxane and ordering Christian’s regiment to the war front.
So – never fear!
I have two deaths to avenge now – Christian’s
And my own!
(They come down. Cyrano takes from him the lance with Roxane’s handkerchief still
fastened to it.)
Float, little banner, with her name! (IV. 548-550)
Cyrano, whose love and passionate poetry caused desperate Christian to seek death, feels obliged to avenge his death. For him, however, it is not true revenge and arises not from spite; rather, Cyrano seeks justice.
DE GUICHE (after a pause)
Have you forgiven me?
ROXANE (Simply, looking up at the cross of the Convent)
I am here. (V. 41 – 42)
Unlike the men in the play, Roxane is forgiving, which thus links mercy to the feminine. While de Guiche cannot let go of his grudge against Cyrano even after fifteen long years, Roxane has let go of her hostility toward the Comte.