Cyrano de Bergerac

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Scene 2.V.

Full Text Scene 2.V.

Scene 2.V.

Cyrano, Roxane, the duenna.

CYRANO:
Ah! if I see but the faint glimmer of hope, then I draw out my letter!
(Roxane, masked, followed by the duenna, appears at the glass pane of the door. He opens quickly):
Enter!. . .
(Walking up to the duenna):
Two words with you, Duenna.

THE DUENNA:
Four, Sir, an it like you.

CYRANO:
Are you fond of sweet things?

THE DUENNA:
Ay, I could eat myself sick on them!

CYRANO (catching up some of the paper bags from the counter):
Good. See you these two sonnets of Monsieur Beuserade. . .

THE DUENNA:
Hey?

CYRANO:
. . .Which I fill for you with cream cakes!

THE DUENNA (changing her expression):
Ha.

CYRANO:
What say you to the cake they call a little puff?

THE DUENNA:
If made with cream, Sir, I love them passing well.

CYRANO:
Here I plunge six for your eating into the bosom of a poem by Saint Amant!
And in these verses of Chapelain I glide a lighter morsel. Stay, love you hot
cakes?

THE DUENNA:
Ay, to the core of my heart!

CYRANO (filling her arms with the bags):
Pleasure me then; go eat them all in the street.

THE DUENNA:
But. . .

CYRANO (pushing her out):
And come not back till the very last crumb be eaten!

(He shuts the door, comes down toward Roxane, and, uncovering, stands at a respectful distance from her.)