Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Versions of Reality Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
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.
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.
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.