The same. De Guiche.
It smells good here.
A CADET (humming):
DE GUICHE (looking at him):
What is the matter?--You are very red.
The matter?--Nothing!--'Tis my blood--boiling at the thought of the coming
Poum, poum--poum. . .
DE GUICHE (turning round):
THE CADET (slightly drunk):
Nothing!. . .'Tis a song!--a little. . .
You are merry, my friend!
The approach of danger is intoxicating!
DE GUICHE (calling Carbon de Castel-Jaloux, to give him an order):
Captain! I. . .
(He stops short on seeing him):
Plague take me! but you look bravely, too!
CARBON (crimson in the face, hiding a bottle behind his back, with an evasive movement):
Oh!. . .
I have one cannon left, and have had it carried there--
(he points behind the scenes):
--in that corner. . .Your men can use it in case of need.
A CADET (reeling slightly):
ANOTHER (with a gracious smile):
How? they are all gone crazy?
As you are not used to cannon, beware of the recoil.
DE GUICHE (furious, going up to him):
But. . .
Gascon cannons never recoil!
DE GUICHE (taking him by the arm and shaking him):
You are tipsy!--but what with?
THE CADET (grandiloquently):
--With the smell of powder!
DE GUICHE (shrugging his shoulders and pushing him away, then going quickly to Roxane):
Briefly, Madame, what decision do you deign to take?
I stay here.
You must fly!
No! I will stay.
Since things are thus, give me a musket, one of you!
Because I too--mean to remain.
At last! This is true valor, Sir!
Then you are Gascon after all, spite of your lace collar?
What is all this?
I leave no woman in peril.
SECOND CADET (to the first):
Hark you! Think you not we might give him something to eat?
(All the viands reappear as if by magic.)
DE GUICHE (whose eyes sparkle):
THE THIRD CADET:
Yes, you'll see them coming from under every coat!
DE GUICHE (controlling himself, haughtily):
Do you think I will eat your leavings?
CYRANO (saluting him):
You make progress.
DE GUICHE (proudly, with a light touch of accent on the word 'breaking'):
I will fight without br-r-eaking my fast!
FIRST CADET (with wild delight):
Br-r-r-eaking! He has got the accent!
DE GUICHE (laughing):
'Tis a Gascon!
(All begin to dance.)
CARBON DE CASTEL-JALOUX (who had disappeared behind the rampart, reappearing on the ridge):
I have drawn my pikemen up in line. They are a resolute troop.
(He points to a row of pikes, the tops of which are seen over the ridge.)
DE GUICHE (bowing to Roxane):
Will you accept my hand, and accompany me while I review them?
(She takes it, and they go up toward the rampart. All uncover and follow them.)
CHRISTIAN (going to Cyrano, eagerly):
Tell me quickly!
(As Roxane appears on the ridge, the tops of the lances disappear, lowered for the salute, and a shout is raised. She bows.)
THE PIKEMEN (outside):
What is this secret?
If Roxane should. . .
Should?. . .
Speak of the letters?. . .
Yes, I know!. . .
Do not spoil all by seeming surprised. . .
I must explain to you!. . .Oh! 'tis no great matter--I but thought of it to-
day on seeing her. You have. . .
You have. . .written to her oftener than you think. . .
Thus, 'faith! I had taken it in hand to express your flame for you!. . .At
times I wrote without saying, 'I am writing!'
Ah!. . .
'Tis simple enough!
But how did you contrive, since we have been cut off, thus. . .to?. . .
. . .Oh! before dawn. . .I was able to get through. . .
CHRISTIAN (folding his arms):
That was simple, too? And how oft, pray you, have I written?. . .Twice in
the week?. . .Three times?. . .Four?. . .
More often still.
What! Every day?
Yes, every day,--twice.
And that became so mad a joy for you, that you braved death. . .
CYRANO (seeing Roxane returning):
Hush! Not before her!
(He goes hurriedly into his tent.)