Cyrano de Bergerac
Look – Paris dreams – nocturnal, nebulous,
Under blue moonbeams hung from wall to wall –
Nature’s own setting for the scene we play! –
Yonder, behind her veil of mist, the Seine,
Like a mysterious and magic mirror
And you shall see what you shall see! (I. 669-674)
THE APPRENTICE (Advances with a dish covered by a napkin.)
Master, I thought of you when I designed
This, hoping it might please you.
Ah! A lyre –
In puff-paste –
And the jewels – candied fruit!
And the strings, barley-sugar!
RAGUENEAU (Gives him money.)
Go and drink
St! – My wife – Circulate, and hide
(Shows the lyre to Lise, with a languid air.)
Graceful – yes?
Ridiculous! (II. 20-25)
CYRANO (To Ragueneau)
Do you not see
Those fellows fattening themselves? –
I would not look – it might embarrass them –
You see, I love a friendly audience.
Besides – another vanity – I am pleased
When they enjoy my cooking. (II. 127-132)