Cyrano de Bergerac
Versions of Reality Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
THE PAGES (Dance in, holding hands and singing:)
You pages there – no nonsense!
FIRST PAGE (With wounded dignity)
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.
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.
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.
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.