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