Cyrano de Bergerac
Important Quotations Explained
1. Valvert: Your
nose is . . . very big.
Cyrano: Yes, very.
Cyrano: Is that all?
2. Roxane: His
face shines with wit and intelligence.
He’s proud, noble, young, fearless, handsome. . . .
Roxane: What is it? What’s the matter?
Cyrano: Nothing. . . . It’s . . . it’s . . . it’s only a twinge of pain from this little scratch.
3. Christian: I
need eloquence, and I have none!
Cyrano: I’ll lend you mine! Lend me your conquering physical charm, and together we’ll form a romantic hero!
Christian: What do you mean?
Cyrano: Do you feel capable of repeating what I tell you every day?
Christian: Are you suggesting . . .
Cyrano: Roxane won’t be disillusioned!
Together, we can win her heart! Will you let my soul pass from my leather jerkin and lodge beneath your embroidered doublet?
4. Christian: And
Roxane: Your true self has prevailed over your outer appearance. I now love you for your soul alone.
Christian: Oh, Roxane!
Roxane: . . . But you can be happy now: your thoughts outshine your face. Your handsomeness was what first attracted me, but now that my eyes are open I no longer see it!
5. Roxane: .
. . . How can you read now? It’s dark. And for fourteen years
you played the part of an old friend who came to be amusing!
Roxane: It was you.
Cyrano: No, Roxane, no!
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