Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Versions of Reality Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
CYRANO 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 Trembles – And you shall see what you shall see! (I. 669-674)
Cyrano’s description of the night makes it seem like a setting from a stage play. There is also a fantastic aura as if this is taking place within a fairy play, full of "blue moonbeams" and "magic mirror[s]". This gives the whole scene – even the impending battle – a sense of artificiality, as if it is all scripted and nothing can go wrong for Cyrano.
THE APPRENTICE (Advances with a dish covered by a napkin.) Master, I thought of you when I designed This, hoping it might please you. RAGUENEAU Ah! A lyre – THE APPRENTICE In puff-paste – RAGUENEAU And the jewels – candied fruit! THE APPRENTICE And the strings, barley-sugar! RAGUENEAU (Gives him money.) Go and drink My health. (Lise enters.) St! – My wife – Circulate, and hide That money! (Shows the lyre to Lise, with a languid air.) Graceful – yes? LISE Ridiculous! (II. 20-25)
Ragueneau’s apprentice presents him with a fanciful and frivolous creation. That such a whimsical shape is made out of something as light and insubstantial as pastry puff makes it even more eccentric.
CYRANO (To Ragueneau) Do you not see Those fellows fattening themselves? – RAGUENEAU I know. 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)
Ragueneau admits that he loves being the flamboyant showman, even if his work is not critically acclaimed. He simply revels in the attention that his ostentation brings him – whether it is for his sappy poetry or saccharine pastries.