Cyrano de Bergerac

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Scene 3.V.

Full Text Scene 3.V.

Scene 3.V.

Christian, Roxane, the duenna.

ROXANE (coming out of Clomire's house, with a company of friends, whom she leaves. Bows and good-byes):
Barthenoide!--Alcandre!--Gremione!--

THE DUENNA (bitterly disappointed):
We've missed the speech upon the Tender Passion!

(Goes into Roxane's house.)

ROXANE (still bowing):
Urimedonte--adieu!
(All bow to Roxane and to each other, and then separate, going up different streets. Roxane suddenly seeing Christian):
You!
(She goes to him):
Evening falls.
Let's sit. Speak on. I listen.

CHRISTIAN (sits by her on the bench. A silence):
Oh! I love you!

ROXANE (shutting her eyes):
Ay, speak to me of love.

CHRISTIAN:
I love thee!

ROXANE:
That's
The theme! But vary it.

CHRISTIAN:
I. . .

ROXANE:
Vary it!

CHRISTIAN:
I love you so!

ROXANE:
Oh! without doubt!--and then?. . .

CHRISTIAN:
And then--I should be--oh!--so glad--so glad
If you would love me!--Roxane, tell me so!

ROXANE (with a little grimace):
I hoped for cream,--you give me gruel! Say
How love possesses you?

CHRISTIAN:
Oh utterly!

ROXANE:
Come, come!. . .unknot those tangled sentiments!

CHRISTIAN:
Your throat I'd kiss it!

ROXANE:
Christian!

CHRISTIAN:
I love thee!

ROXANE (half-rising):
Again!

CHRISTIAN (eagerly, detaining her):
No, no! I love thee not!

ROXANE (reseating herself):
'Tis well!

CHRISTIAN:
But I adore thee!

ROXANE (rising, and going further off):
Oh!

CHRISTIAN:
I am grown stupid!

ROXANE (dryly):
And that displeases me, almost as much
As 'twould displease me if you grew ill-favored.

CHRISTIAN:
But. . .

ROXANE:
Rally your poor eloquence that's flown!

CHRISTIAN:
I. . .

ROXANE:
Yes, you love me, that I know. Adieu.

(She goes toward her house.)

CHRISTIAN:
Oh, go not yet! I'd tell you--

ROXANE (opening the door):
You adore me?
I've heard it very oft. No!--Go away!

CHRISTIAN:
But I would fain. . .

(She shuts the door in his face.)

CYRANO (who has re-entered unseen):
I' faith! It is successful!