Cyrano de Bergerac
by Edmond Rostand
Take a story's temperature by studying its tone. Is it hopeful? Cynical? Snarky? Playful?
Rostand treats most of his characters as larger-than-life figures – especially Cyrano, Roxane, and Comte de Guiche. But his tone is one of mockery. Cyrano de Bergerac, what with his big nose and ability to spin rhyming, metered ballads at the drop of a hat (and amidst a duel) is, of course, ridiculous.