Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Revenge Quotes
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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 Together! DE GUICHE (Regarding him with a frosty eye.) Quite so. (Turns to Roxane) Kindly bid Your…husband farewell. ROXANE Oh! – DE GUICHE (To Christian) Your regiment Leaves to-night, sir. Report at once! ROXANE You mean For the front? The war? DE GUICHE Certainly! ROXANE I thought The Cadets were not going – DE GUICHE 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.) Christian! 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.
CYRANO 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.