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Quote #1

THE PAGES (Dance in, holding hands and singing:)
Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-lère…
THE PORTER
You pages there – no nonsense!
FIRST PAGE (With wounded dignity)
Oh, monsieur!
Really! How could you?
(To the Second, the moment the Porter turns his back)
Pst! – a bit of string?
SECOND PAGE (Shows fishline with hook)
Yes – and a hook.
FIRST PAGE
Up in the gallery,
And fish for wigs! (I. 19-23)

The pages set the tone for Cyrano in the first act with their frippery and zany antics.

Quote #2

FIRST MARQUIS (Seeing the hall half empty)
How now! We enter
Like tradespeople – no crowding, no disturbance! –
No treading on the toes of citizens?
Oh fie! Oh fie! (I. 38-41)

Rostand satirizes the pretentiousness of noblemen by making the first marquis so concerned with appearing important. He is indignant that their entrance has not caused a stir among the little people.

Quote #3

RAGUENEAU
Have you not heard? Monsieur de Bergerac
So hates Montfleury, he has forbidden him
For three weeks to appear upon the stage. (I. 108-110)

Cyrano here shows a bit of frivolity. He bans Montfleury from the stage though he doesn’t have the authority (or just cause) to do so.

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