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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac


by Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac Revenge Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line)

Quote #7

CYRANO (Leads the bridal pair down to De Guiche and strokes with great satisfaction his long white beard.)
My lord,
The handsome couple you—and God—have joined
DE GUICHE (Regarding him with a frosty eye.)
Quite so.
(Turns to Roxane)
Kindly bid
Your… husband farewell.
DE GUICHE (To Christian)
Your regiment
Leaves to-night, sir. Report at once!
You mean
For the front? The war?
I thought
The Cadets were not going—
Oh yes, they are!
(Taking out the dispatch from his pocket.)
Here is the order—
(To Christian)
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.

Quote #8

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, this is not true revenge. Cyrano isn't acting out of spite; instead, he seeks justice.

Quote #9

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.

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