Rostand’s style is infused with all the grand heroism of seventeenth century French speech. He uses lyrical flights of poetry and witty repartee as well as all the conventional titles – Monsieur, Mademoiselle, etc. – of the time. Just look at one of Cyrano’s speeches to see what we’re getting at here: "Gather around my bones," he says on his deathbed, "that you may give / A double meaning to your widow’s weeds / and the tears you let fall for him may be / For a little – my tears." Alliteration, metaphors, hyperbole – and, of course, the French was written in verse, making it even more majestic in style.