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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand
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Cyrano de Bergerac Versions of Reality Quotes

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Quote #1

ROXANE Tell me now The Court news – my gazette! CYRANO Let me see – ROXANE Ah! CYRANO (More and more pale, struggling against pain) Saturday, the nineteenth: The King fell ill, After eight helpings of grape marmalade. His malady was brought before the court, Found guilty of high treason; whereupon His Majesty revived. The royal pulse Is now normal. Sunday, the twentieth: The Queen gave a grand ball, at which they burned Seven hundred and sixty-three wax candles. Note: They say our troops have been victorious In Austria. Later: Three sorcerers Have been hung. Special post: The little dog Of Madame d’Athis was obliged to take Four pills before – ROXANE Monsieur de Bergerac, Will be kindly be quiet! CYRANO Monday…nothing. Lygdamire has a new lover. ROXANE Oh! (V. 193-209)

Roxane’s concerns are frivolous when compared to Cyrano’s state of near-death. She wants only news of the court, a circle of society in which she no longer plays a part. Cyrano’s recounting tells of the trivial details of love affairs and the pets of famous names. Cyrano’s Gazette recalls our modern day tabloids.

Quote #2

CYRANO (To Ragueneau) The Scene Went well?... RAGUENEAU Ah, monsieur, they laughed – and laughed – How they did laugh! CYRANO Yes – that has been my life… Do you remember that night Christian spoke Under your window? It was always so! While I stood in the darkness underneath, Others climbed up to win the applause – the kiss! – Well – that seems only justice – I still say, Even now, on the threshold of my tomb – "Molière has genius – Christian had good looks – " (V. 295-303)

Cyrano’s words about himself, that while he "stood in the darkness underneath, / Others climbed up to win the applause" likens his life to a play, a made-up story, and somewhat deprives it of a gritty sense of reality.

Quote #3

ROXANE You shall not die! I love you! CYRANO No – That is not in the story! You remember When Beauty said "I love you" to the Beast That was a fairy prince, his ugliness Changed and dissolved, like magic…But you see I am still the same. (V. 308 – 313)

Cyrano likens his tragic life to a fairy tale. Though we would expect such a story to end happily, Cyrano deals us a reality check; he has not transformed into a handsome prince and his ending is far from happy.

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