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CYRANO DE BERGERAC
By Edmond Rostand
An Heroic Comedy in Five Acts Translated into English Verse by Brian Hooker (Published in hardcopy by Bantam Books Copyright !"# by henry Holt and Company Copyright !$ by %oris C& Hooker' %ramatis Personae Cyrano %e Bergerac Christian %e (euvillette Comte %e )uiche *aguneau Le Bret Car"on De Caste#-$a#ou% The Cadets& +igniere Vicomte %e Valvert A *ar+uis Se!ond *ar+uis ,ont-leury Be##erose $ode#et Cuigy Brissai##e A *edd#er A *us-eteer Another *us-eteer A S anish O((i!er A Ca.a#ier The Porter A Citizen His son A Cut-Purse A S e!tator A Sentry Bertrandou the 'i(er A Capuchin T)o *usi!ians The Poets The Pa,es *o.ane Her Duenna +ise The Oran,e Gir# *other *ar,uerite De $esus Sister *arthe Sister C#aude An A!tress A Sou"rette The '#o)er Gir#

The Cro)d/ Citizens/ *ar+uis/ *us-eteers/ Thie.es/ Pastry!oo-s/ Poets/ Cadets o( Gas!oyne/ A!tors/ 0io#ins/ Pa,es/ Chi#dren/ S anish So#diers/ S e!tators/ 1nte##e!tua#s/ A!ademi!ians2 Nuns/ et!3

4THE '1RST 'O5R ACTS 1N 67892 THE '1'TH 1N 67::3; '1RST ACT< A er(orman!e at the Hote# de Bour,o,ne SECOND ACT< The "a-ery o( the Poets3 TH1RD ACT< Ro%ane=s >iss ? her a artment and ,ardens 'O5RTH ACT< The Cadets o( Gas!oyne 4the "att#e (ront; '1'TH ACT< Cyrano=s Gazette3 4Ro%ane at the !on.ent;

THE F/*0T ACT
A PE*F1*,A(CE AT THE H1TE+ %E B12*)1)(E The Hall of the Hotel de Bour o ne $%&'. ( sort of Tennis )ourt, arran ed and decorated for the Theatrical productions. The Hall is a lon rectan le* we see it dia onally, in such a way that one side of it forms the back scene which it be ins at the +irst ,ntrance on the -i ht and runs up to the .ast ,ntrance on the .eft, where it makes a ri ht an le with the /ta e which is seen obli0uely. This sta e is provided on either hand with benches placed alon the win s. The curtain is formed by two len ths of Tapestry which can be drawn apart. (bove a Harle0uin cloak, the -oyal (rms. Broad steps lead from the sta e down to the floor of the Hall. 1n either side of these steps, a place for the 2usicians. ( row of candles servin as footli hts. Two tiers of 3alleries alon the side of the Hall* the upper one divided into boxes. There are no seats upon the +loor, which is the actual sta e of our theater* but toward the back of the Hall on the ri ht a few benches are arran ed* and underneath a stairway on the extreme ri ht, which leads up to the alleries, and of which only the lower portion is visible, there is a sort of /ideboard decorated with little tapers, vases of flowers, bottles and lasses, plates of cake, et cetera. +arther alon , toward the center of our sta e is the ,ntrance to the Hal* a reat double door which opens only sli htly to admit the (udience. 1n one of the panels f this door, as also in other places about the Hall, and in particular 4ust over the /ideboard, are 5laybills in red, upon which we may read the title .a )lorise. (s the )6-T(7N -7/,/, the Hall is dimly li hted and still empty. The )haneliers are lowered to the floor, in the middle of the Hall, ready for li htin . 8/ound of voices outside the door. Then a )avaliere enters abruptly.9

THE P1*TE* 8+ollows him9 Ha##oa there@A'i(teen so#s@ THE CAVA+/E* 1 enter (ree3 THE P1*TE* BhyC THE CAVA+/E* So#dier o( the Househo#d o( the >in,@ THE P1*TE* 8Turns to another CAVA+/E* who has 4ust entered9 YouC 0EC1(% CAVA+/E* 1 ay nothin,3 THE P1*TE* Bhy notC 0EC1(% CAVA+/E* *us-eteer@ F/*0T CAVA+/E* 8To the /econd9 The #ay "e,ins at t)o3 P#enty o( timeAand here=s the )ho#e (#oor em ty3 Sha## )e try our e%er!iseC 8They fence with the foils which they have brou ht9 A +AC3E4 8,nters9 APst@333'#an+uin@333 A(1THE* 8(lready on sta e9 Bhat/ Cham a,neC F/*0T +AC3E4 8/howin ames which he takes out of his doublet9 Cards3 Di!e3 Come on3 8/its on the floor9 0EC1(% +AC3E4

8/ame action9 Come on/ o#d !o!-@ F/*0T +AC3E4 8Takes from his pocket a bit of candle, li hts it, sets it on the floor9 1 ha.e sto#en a #itt#e o( my master=s (ire3 A )2A*%0,A( 8To a F+15E* )/*+ who comes forward9 Ho) s)eet O( you/ to !ome "e(ore they #i,ht the ha##@ 85uts his arm around her9 F/*0T CAVA+/E* 8-eceive a thrust of the foil9 A hit@ 0EC1(% +AC3E4 A !#u"@ THE )2A*%0,A( 85ursin the irl9 A -iss@ THE F+15E* )/*+ 85ushin away from him9 They=## see us@A THE )2A*%0,A( 8:raws her into a dark corner9 No dan,er@ A ,A( 8/its on the floor, to ether with several others who have brou ht packa es of food9 Bhen )e !ome ear#y/ )e ha.e time to eat3 A C/T/6E( 8,scortin his son, a boy of sixteen9 Sit here/ my son3 F/*0T +AC3E4 *ar- the A!e@ A(1THE* ,A( 8:raws a bottle from under his cloak and sits down with the others9 Here=s the s ot (or a Do##y o#d sot to su!- his Bur,undyA 8:rinks9 HereAin the house o( the Bur,undians@ THE C/T/6E( 8To his son9

Bou#d you not thin- you )ere in some den o( .i!eC 85oints with his cane at the drunkard9 Drun-ardsA 87n steppin back, one of the cavaliers trips him up9 Bu##ies@A 8He falls between the lackeys9 Gam"#ers@A THE )2A*%0,A( 8Behind him as he rises, still stru One -issA

lin with the F+15E* )/*+9

THE C/T/6E( Good God@A 8:raws his son 0uickly away9 Here@AAnd to thin-/ my son/ that in this ha## they #ay Rotrou@ THE B14 Yes (atherAand Cornei##e@ THE PA)E0 8:ance in, holdin hands and sin in :9 Tra;la;la;la;la;la;la;la;la;lère< THE P1*TE* You a,es there@Ano nonsense@ F/*0T PA)E 8=ith wounded di nity9 Oh/ monsieur@ Rea##y@ Ho) !ou#d youC 8To the /econd, the moment the P1*TE* turns his back9 Pst@Aa "it o( strin,C 0EC1(% PA)E 8/hows fishline with hook9 YesAand a hoo-3 F/*0T PA)E 5 in the ,a##ery/ and (ish (or )i,s@ A C2T7P2*0E 83athers around him several evil;lookin youn fellows9 No) then/ you i!aroons/ er- u / and hear me mutter3 Here=s your "outA"ust#e around some !u##/ and "ite his "un,? 0EC1(% PA)E 8)alls to other pa es already in the allery9 Hey@ Brou,ht your ea-shootersC TH/*% PA)E

8+rom above9 And our eas/ too@ 8Blows, and showers them with peas9 THE B14 Bhat is the #ay this a(ternoonC THE C/T/6E( EC#orise3F THE B14 Bho )rote thatC THE C1T1GEN Ba#thasar Baro3 Bhat a #ay@? 4He takes the boy#s arm and leads him upsta e; THE C5T-P5RSE 4To his pupils; La!e no)/ on those #on, s#ee.es/ you !ut it o((- 43esture with thumband fin er, as if usin scissors; A SPECTATOR 4To another, pointin upward toward the allery; Ah/ .e )id@- Yes/ the (irst ni,ht 1 sat thereTHE C5T-P5RSE Bat!hes- 43esturin as of pickin a pocket; THE C1T1GEN 4)omin down with his son; Great a!tors )e )i## see to-dayTHE C5T-P5RSE Hand-er!hie(s- 43esture of holdin the pocket with the left hand, and drawin out handkerchiefs with ri ht; THE C1T1GEN *ont(#euryA 0O1CE 47n the allery; Li,hts@ Li,ht the #i,hts@ THE C1T1GEN Be##errose/ 1=E y/ Beau re/ $ode#etA PAGE 41n the floor; Here !omes the oran,e ,ir#3 THE ORANGE G1RL Oran,es/ mi#-/ Ras "erry syru / #emonade- 4noise at the door; A 'ALSETTO 0O1CE

41utside; *a-e )ay/ Brutes@ '1RST LAC>EY Bhat/ the *ar+uis-on the (#oorC 4The 2ar0uis enter in a little roup; SECOND LAC>EY Not #on,- On#y a (e) moments2 they=## ,o and sit on the sta,e resent#y3 F/*0T ,A*82/0 4/eein the hall half empty; Ho) no)@ Be enter #i-e trades eo #e-no !ro)din,/ no distur"an!es@- No treadin, on the toes o( !itizensC Oh (ie@ Oh (ie@ 4He encounters two entlemen who have already arrived; Cui,y@ Brissa#e@ 43reat embracin s; C51GY The (aith(u#@ 4.ooks around him; Be are here "e(ore the !and#es3 '1RST *ARH51S Ah/ "e sti##@ You ut me in a tem er3 SECOND *ARH51S Conso#e yourse#(/ *ar+uis- The #am #i,hter@ THE CROBD 4(pplaudin the appearance of the lampli hter; Ah@? 4( roup athers around the chandelier while he li hts it, ( few people have already taken their place in the allery. .73N7,-, enters the hall, arm in arm with )H-7/T7(N :, N,6>7..,TT,. .73N7,-, is a sli htly disheveled fi ure, dissipated and yet distin uished lookin . )H-7/T7(N ele antly but rather unfashionably dressed, appears preoccupied and keeps lookin up at the boxes; C51GY Li,niere@ BR1SSA1LLE 4.au hin ; Sti## so"er- at this hourC L1GN1ERE 4To )hristian; *ay 1 resent youC 4)hristian assents.; Baron Christian de Neu.i##ette3 4They salute.; THE CROBD 4(pplaudin as the li hted chandelier is hoisted into place.; Ah@C51GY 4(side to B-7//(7..,, lookin at )H-7/T7(N.; Rather a (ine head/ is it notC The ro(i#e? '1RST *ARH51S 4=ho has over heard.; Peuh@ L1GN1ERE

45resentin them to )H-7/T7(N; *essieurs de Cui,y? de Brissai##e? CHR1ST1AN 4Bows; En!hanted@ '1RST *ARH51S 4To the second; He is not i##-#oo-in,2 ossi"#y a shade "ehind the (ashion3 L1GN1ERE 4To )673?; *onsieur is re!ent#y (rom the Touraine3 CHR1ST1AN Yes/ 1 ha.e "een in Paris t)o or three )ee-s on#y3 1 Doin the Guards to-morro)3 '1RST *ARH51S 4=atchin the people who come into the boxes; Loo-- *adame #a Presidente Au"ry@ THE ORANGE G1RL Oran,es/ mi#-THE 01OL1NS 4Tunin up; La?#a? C51GY 4To )H-7/T7(N, callin his attention to the increasin crowd; Be ha.e an audien!e today@ CHR1ST1AN A "ri##iant one3 '1RST *ARH51S Oh yes/ a## our o)n eo #e- the ,ay )or#d@ 4They named the ladies who enter the boxes elaborately dressed. Bows and smiles are exchan ed.; SECOND *ARH51S *adame de Guemene? C51GY De Bois-Dau hin? '1RST *ARH51S Bhom )e adoreBR1SSA1LLE *adame de Cha.i,ny? SECOND *ARH51S Bho #ays )ith a## our heartsL1GN1ERE

Bhy/ there=s Cornei##e returned (rom Rouen@ THE BOY 4To his father; Are the A!ademy a## hereC THE C1T1GEN 1 see some o( them? there=s Boudu- Boissat- Cureau- Por!heres- Co#om"y- BourzeysBourdon- Ar"aut- Ah/ those ,reat names ne.er to "e (or,otten@ '1RST *ARH51S Loo--at #ast@ Our 1nte##e!tua#s@ Barthenoide/ 5rimedonte/ 'e#i%erie? SECOND *ARH51S 4.an uishin ; S)eet hea.en@ Ho) e%+uisite their surnames are@ *ar+uis/ you -no) them a##C '1RST *ARH51S 1 -no) them a## *ar+uis@ L1GN1ERE 4:raws )H-7/T7(N aside; *y dear "oy/ 1 !ame here to ser.e you- Be##/ "ut )here is the #adyC 1=## "e ,oin,3 CHR1ST1AN Not yetA #itt#e #on,er@ She is a#)ays here3 P#ease@ 1 must (ind some )ay o( meetin, her3 1 am dyin, o( #o.e@ And youAyou -no) E.eryone/ the )ho#e !ourt and the )ho#e to)n/ And ut them a## into your son,sAat #east You !an te## me her name@ THE '1RST 01OL1N 8-aps on his desk with his bow9 Pst@AGent#emen@ 8-aises his bow9 THE ORANGE G1RL *a!aroons/ #emonadeA CHR1ST1AN Then she may "e One o( those aesthetes?1nte##e!tua#s/ You !a## themAHo) !an 1 ta#- to a )oman 1n that sty#eC 1 ha.e no )it3 This (ine manner O( s ea-in, and o( )ritin, no)adaysA Not (or me@ 1 am a so#dierAand a(raid3 That=s her "o%/ on the ri,htAthe em ty one3 L1GN1IRE

8/tarts for the door9 1 am ,oin,3 CHR1ST1AN 8-estrains him9 NoA)ait@ L1GN1IRE Not 13 There=s a ta.ern Not (ar a)ayAand 1 am dyin, o( thirst3 THE ORANGE G1RL 85asses with her tray9 Oran,e Dui!eC L1GN1IRE No@ THE ORANGE G1RL *i#-C L1GN1IRE Pouah@ THE ORANGE G1RL *us!ate#C L1GN1IRE Here@ Sto @ 8To )H-7/T7(N9 1=## stay a #itt#e3 8To the 3irl9 Let me see your *us!ate#3 8He sits down by the sideboard. The 3irl pours out wine for him.9 0O1CES 87n the crowd about the door, upon the entrance of a spruce little man, rather fat, with a beamin smile9 Ra,ueneau@ L1GN1IRE 8To )H-7/T7(N9 Ra,ueneau/ Poet and astry-!oo-Aa !hara!ter@ RAG5ENEA5 8:ressed like a confectioner in his /unday clothes, advances 0uickly to .73N7@-,9 Sir/ ha.e you seen *onsieur de CyranoC L1GN1IRE

85resents him to )H-7/T7(N9 Permit me?Ra,ueneau/ !on(e!tioner/ the !hie( su RAG5ENEA5 8Bridlin 9 OhAtoo mu!h honor@ L1GN1IRE Patron o( the ArtsA*ae!enas@ Yes/ you areA RAG5ENEA5 5ndou"ted#y/ the oets ,ather round my hearth3 L1GN1IRE On !reditAhimse#( a oetA RAG5ENEA5 So they sayA L1GN1IRE *aintains the *uses3 RAG5ENEA5 1t is true that (or an odeA L1GN1IRE You ,i.e a tartA RAG5ENEA5 A tart#etA L1GN1IRE *odesty@ And (or a trio#et you ,i.eA RAG5ENEA5 P#ain "read3 L1GN1IRE 8/everely9 Bread and mi#-@ And you #o.e theatreC RAG5ENEA5 1 adore it@ L1GN1IRE Be##/ astry ays (or a##3 Your #a!e to-day no)ACome/ "et)een ourse#.es/ Bhat did it !ost youC RAG5ENEA5

ort o( modern oetry3

'our ies2 (ourteen !a-es3 8.ooks about9 ButACyrano not hereC Astonishin,@ L1GN1IRE Bhy soC RAG5ENEA5 BhyA*ont(#eury #ays@ L1GN1IRE Yes/ 1 hear that hi o otamus assumes the rJ#e o( PhKdon3 Bhat is that to CyranoC RAG5ENEA5 Ha.e you not heardC *onsieur de Ber,era! So hates *ont(#eury/ he has (or"idden him 'or three )ee-s to a ear u on the sta,e3 L1GN1IRE 8=ho is, by the time, at his fourth lass9 Be##C RAG5ENEA5 *ont(#eury #ays@A C51GY 8/trolls over to them9 YesA)hat thenC RAG5ENEA5 Ah@ That is )hat 1 !ame to see3 '1RST *ARH51S This CyranoABho is heC C51GY Oh/ he is the #ad )ith the #on, s)ord3 SECOND *ARH51S No"#eC C51GY Su((i!ient#y2 he is in the Guards3 85oints to a entleman who comes and oes about the hall as thou h seekin for someone.9 His (riend Le Bret !an te## you more3 8)alls to him9 Le Bret@ 8.e Bret comes down to them9 Loo-in, (or Ber,era!C

LE BRET Yes3 And (or trou"#e3 C51GY 1s he not an e%traordinary manC LE BRET The "est (riend and the "ra.est sou# a#i.e@ RAG5ENEA5 PoetA C51GY S)ordsmanA LE BRET *usi!ianA BR1SSA1LLE Phi#oso herA L1GN1IRE Su!h a remar-a"#e a earan!e/ too@ RAG5ENEA5 Tru#y/ 1 shou#d not #oo- to (ind his ortrait By the ,ra.e hand o( Phi#i e de Cham a,ne3 He mi,ht ha.e "een a mode# (or Ca##otA One o( those )i#d s)ash"u!-#ers in a mas+ueA Hat )ith three #umes/ and dou"#et )ith si% ointsA His !#oa- "ehind him o.er his #on, s)ord Co!-ed/ #i-e the tai# o( struttin, Chanti!#eerA Prouder than a## the s)a,,erin, Tam"ur#aines Hat!hed out o( Gas!ony3 And to !om #ete This Pun!hine##o (i,ureAsu!h a nose@A *y #ords/ there is no su!h nose as that noseA You !annot #oo- u on it )ithout !ryin,< EOh/ no/ 1m ossi"#e@ E%a,,erated@F Then You smi#e/ and say< EO( !ourseA1 mi,ht ha.e -no)n2 Present#y he )i## ta-e it o((3F But that *onsieur de Ber,era! )i## ne.er do3 +/)(E*E 83rimly9 He -ee s it-and God he# the man )ho smi#es@ *A)2E(EA2 His s)ord is one ha#( o( the shears o( 'ate@

F/*0T ,A*82/0 8/hru s9 He )i## not !ome3 *A)2E(EA2 Bi## he notC Sir/ 1=## #ay you A u##et a #a Ra,ueneau@ F/*0T ,A*82/0 8.au hin 9 Done@ 82urmurs of admiration, ROXANE had 4ust appeared in her box. /he sits at the front of the box, and her duenna takes a seat toward the rear. CHRISTIAN, busy payin the 1ran e 3irl, does not see her at first.9 0EC1(% ,A*82/0 8=ith little excited cries9 Ah@ Oh@ Oh@ S)eet Sirs/ #oo- yonder@ 1s she not 'ri,ht(u##y ra.ishin,C F/*0T ,A*82/0 B#oom o( the ea!hAB#ush o( the Stra)"erryA 0EC1(% ,A*82/0 So (reshAso !oo#/ That our hearts/ ,ro)n a## )arm )ith #o.in, her/ *ay !at!h their death o( !o#d@

CH*/0T/A( 8.ooks up, sees ROXANE, and sei!es LIGNIERE by the arm.9 There@ Hui!-Au thereA 1n the "o%@ Loo-@A +/)(/E*E 8)oolly9 Herse#(C CH*/0T/A( Hui!-#yA Her nameC +/)(/E*E 8/ippin his wine, and speakin between sips9 *ade#eine Ro"in/ !a##ed Ro%ane? re(ined? 1nte##e!tua#? CH*/0T/A( Ah@A +/)(/E*E 5nmarried? CH*/0T/A( Oh@A

+/)(/E*E No tit#e? ri!h enou,h? an or han? !ousin To Cyrano? o( )hom )e s o-e Dust no)? 8(t this point, a very distin uished lookin entleman, the )ordon Bleu around his neck, enters the box, and stands a moment talkin with ROXANE.9 CH*/0T/A( 8/tarts9 And the manC? +/)(/E*E 8Be innin to feel his wine a little* cocks his eye at them.9 Oho@ That manC? Comte de Gui!he? 1n #o.e )ith her? married himse#(/ ho)e.er/ To the nie!e o( the Cardina#ARi!he#ieu? Bishes Ro%ane/ there(ore/ to marry one *onsieur de 0a#.ert? 0i!omte? (riend o( his? A some)hat me#an!ho#y ,ent#eman? Ne.erthe#ess/ de Gui!he is o)er(u#? Not a"o.e erse!utin,? 8He rises, swayin a little, and very happy9 1 ha.e )ritten A #itt#e son, a"out his #itt#e ,ame? Good #itt#e son, too? Here/ 1=## sin, it to you? *a-e de Gui!he (urious? nau,hty #itt#e son,? Not so "ad/ eitherA Listen@? 8He stands with his lass held aloft, ready to sin .9 CH*/0T/A( No3 Adieu3 +/)(/E*E Bhither a)ayC CH*/0T/A( To *onsieur de 0a#.ert@ +/)(/E*E Care(u#@ The mans a s)ordsman? 8Nods towards ROXANE, who is watchin CHRISTIAN.9 Bait@ Someone #oo-in, at youA CH*/0T/A( Ro%ane@? 8He for ets everythin , and stands spellbound, aspin toward ROXANE. The cut purse and his crew, observin him transfixed, his eyes raised and his mouth half open, be in ed in in his direction.9 +/)(/E*E Oh@ 0ery )e##/ then 1=## "e #ea.in, you? Good day? Good day@? 8CHRISTIAN remains motionless.9 E.ery)here e#se/ the #i-e to hear me sin,@A A#so/ 1 am thirsty3 8He oes out, navi atin carefully. LE BRET, havin made the circuit of the hall, returns to RAGUENEAU, somewhat reassured.9 +E B*ET Hum h@ 1 ho e he has not seen the "i##3

C*15% The #ay@A The #ay@A F/*0T ,A*82/0 81bservin DE GUICHE, as he descends from ROXANE’S box and crosses the floor, followed by a knot of obse0uious entlemen, the VICOMTE DE VALVERT amon them.9 This man de 3uicheA what ostentationB 0EC1(% ,A*82/0 Bah@A Another Gas!on@ F/*0T ,A*82/0 Gas!on/ yesA"ut !o#d and !a#!u#atin,A!ertain to su!!eedA*y )ord (or it3 Come/ sha## )e ma-e our "o)C Be sha## "e none the )orse/ 1 romise you? 8They o towards DE GUICHE.9 0EC1(% ,A*82/0 Beauti(u# ri""ons/ Count@ That !o#or/ no)/ Bhat is itAE>iss-me-DearF or EStart#ed'a)nFC %E )2/CHE 1 !a## that shade EThe Dyin, S aniard3F F/*0T ,A*82/0 Ha@ And no (a#se !o#ors eitherAthan-s to you and your "ra.e troo s/ 1n '#anders "e(ore #on, the S aniard )i## die dai#y3 %E )2/CHE Sha## )e ,o and sit u on the sta,eC Come/ 0a#.ert3 CH*/0T/A( 8/tarts at the name9 0a#.ert@A The 0i!omteA Ah/ that s!oundre#@ Hui!-A my ,#o.eA 1=## thro) itin his (a!eA 8-eachin into his pocket for his love, he catches the hand of the CUT-PURSE.9 C2T P2*0E Oh@A CH*/0T/A( 8Holdin fast to the mans wrist9 Bho are youC 1 )as #oo-in, (or a ,#o.eA C2T7P2*0E 8)rin in 9 You (ound a hand3 8Hurriedly9 Let me ,oA 1 !an te## you somethin,A

CH*/0T/A( 8/till holdin him9 Be##C C2T7P2*0E Li,niereA that (riend o( yoursA CH*/0T/A( 8/ame Buisness9 Be##C C2T7P2*0E Good as deadA 5nderstandC Am"us!aded3 Brote a son, a"outAno matter3 There=s a hundred men )aitin, (or him to-ni,htA1=m one o( them3 Baitin, (or him to-ni,htA1=m one o( them3 CH*/0T/A( A hundredC Bho arran,ed thisC THE C2T7P2*0E Se!ret3 CH*/0T/A( Oh@ THE C2T7P2*0E 8=ith di nity9 Pro(essiona# se!ret3 CH*/0T/A( Bhere are they to "eC THE C2T7P2*0E Porte de Nes#e3 On his )ay home3 Te## him so3 CH*/0T/A( 8-eleases the man9 Yes/"ut )here am 1 to (ind himC THE C2T7P2*0E Go round the ta.erns3 There=s a Go#den Gra e/ The Pinea #e/ the Burstin, Be#t/ the T)o Tor!hes/ the Three 'unne#sAin e.ery one you #ea.e a #ine o( )ritin,AunderstandC To )arn him3 CH*/0T/A( 8/tarts for the door9 1=## ,o@ God/ )hat s)ineAa hundred a,ainst one man@? 8/tops and looks lon in ly at ROLANE9 Lea.e her here@A 8/ava ely, turnin toward 0AL0ERT9 And #ea.e him@A

8:ecidedly9 1 must sa.e Li,niere@ 8,xit9 8De Gui!he/ 0a#e.ert/ and all the 2ar0uis have disappeared throu h the curtains, to take their seats upon the sta e. The floor is entirely filled* not a vacant seat remains in the allery or in the boxes.9 THE C*15% The #ay@ The #ay@ Be,in the #ay@ A C/T/6E( 8(s his wi is hoisted into the air on the end of a fishline, in the hands of a pa e in the allery9 *y )i,@@ C*/E0 1F 914 He=s "a#d@ Bra.o/ you a,es@ Ha Ha Ha@ THE C/T/6E( 8+urious, shakes his fist at the boy9 Here you youn, .i##an@ C*/E0 1F +A2)HTE* 8Be innin very loud, then suddenly repressed9 HA HA@ Ha Ha@ Ha ha? 8)omplete silence9 +e Bret 8/uprised9 That sudden hushC? 8( spectator whispers in his ear.9 YesC THE 0PECTAT1* 1 )as to#d on ,ood authority? ,2*,2*0 8Here and there9 BhatC?HereC?No?Yes?Loo-Ain the #atti!ed "o%A The Cardina#@? The Cardina#@ ? A PA)E The De.i#@ANo) )e sha## a## ha.e to "eha.e ourse#.es@ 8Three raps on the sta e. The audience becomes motionless. /ilence9 THE V1/CE 1F A ,*82/0 8+rom the sta e, behind the curtains.9 Snu(( that !and#e@ A(1THE* ,A*82/0 85uts his head out throu h the curtains.9

A !hair@? 8( chair is passed hand to hand over the heads of the crowd. He takes it, and disappears behind the curtains, not without havin blown a few kisses to the occupants of the boxes.9 A 0PECTAT1* Si#en!e@ V1/CE0 Hssh@?Hssh@? 8( ain three raps on the sta e. The curtains part. T(B.,(6. The 2ar0uis seated on their chairs to the left and the ri ht of the sta e, insolently posed. Back drop representin a pastoral scene, bluish in tone. +our little crystal chandeliers li ht up the sat e. The violin plays softly. 9 +E B*ET 87n a low tone, to -(36,N,(69 *ont(#eury enters no)C *A)2E(EA2 8Nods9 O ens the #ay3 +E B*ET 82uch relieved9 Then Cyrano is not here@ *A)2E(EA2 1 #ose? +E B*ET Hum h@ So mu!h the "etter@ 8The melody of a 2usette is heard.21NT+.,6-? appears upon the scene, a ponderous fi ure in the costume of a rustic shepherd, a hat arlanded with roses tilted over one ear, playin upon a beribboned pastoral pipe9

THE C*15% 8(pplauds9 *ont(#eury@? Bra.o@? ,1(TF+E2*4 8(fter bowin to the applause, be ins the role of 5hedon9 EThri!e ha y he )ho hides (rom om and o)er in sy#.an shade or so#itary "o)er2 )here "a#my ze hyrs (an his "urnin, !hee-s-- F A V1/CE 8+rom the midst of the hall9 Bret!h3 Ha.e 1 not (or"ade you these three )ee-sC 8/ensation. ,veryone turns to look. 2urmurs9

0EVE*A+ V1/CE0 BhatC? BhereC?Bho is itC? C2/)4 Cyrano@ +E B*ET 87n alarm9 Himse#(@ THE V1/CE >in, o( !#o)ns@ Lea.e the sta,eAat on!e@ THE C*15% Oh@A ,1(TF+E2*4 No)/ no)/ no)A THE V1/CE You diso"ey meC 0EVE*A+ V1/CE0 8+rom the floor, from the boxes9 Hsh@ Go onAHuiet@AGo on/ *ont(#eury@ABho=s a(raidCA ,1(TF+E2*4 87n a voice of no reat assurance9 EThri!e ha y he hides (rom?F THE V1/CE 82ore menacin ly9 Be##C Be##C Be##C? *onar!h o( mounte"an-s@ *ust 1 !ome and #ant a (orest on your shou#dersC 8( cane at the end of a lon armshakes above the heads of the crowd.9 ,1(TF+E2*4 87n a voice increasin ly feeble9 EThri!e ha --F 8The cane is violently a itated.9 THE V1/CE GO@@@ THE C*15% Ah? C4*A(1 8(rises in the centre of the floor, erect upon a chair, his arms folded, his hat cocked ferociously, his moustache bristlin , his nose terrible.9

Present#y 1 sha## ,ro) an,ry@ 8/ensation at his appearance9 ,1(TF+E2*4 8To the 2ar0uis9 *essieurs/ i( you rote!t meA A ,A*82/0 8Nonchantly9 Be##A ro!eed@ C4*A(1 'at s)ine@ 1( you dare "reathe one "a#my ze hyr more/ 1=## (an your !hee-s (or you@ THE ,A*82/0 Huiet do)n there@ C4*A(1 5n#ess these ,ent#emen retain their seats/ my !ane may "ite their ri""ons@ A++ THE ,A*82/0 41n their feet; That )i## do@-*ont(#euryC4*A(1 '#y/ ,oose@ Shoo@ Ta-e to your )in,s/ "e(ore 1 #u!- your #umes/ and dra) your ,or,e@ A V1/CE See hereC4*A(1 O(( sta,e@@ A(1THE* V1/CE One momentC4*A(1 Bhat-sti## thereC 4Turns back his cuffs deliberately3; 0ery ,ood-then 1 enter-Le(t-)ith -ni(e-to !ar.e this #ar,e 1ta#ian sausa,e3 ,1(TF+E2*4 4:esperately attemptin di nity; Sir/ )hen you insu#t me/ you insu#t the *use@ C4*A(1 4=ith reat politeness; Sir/ i( the *use/ )ho ne.er -ne) your name/ had the honor to meet you-then "e sure that a(ter one ,#an!e at that (a!e o( yours/ that (i,ure o( a mortuary urn-she )ou#d a #y her "us-in-to)ard the rear@

THE C*15% *ont(#eury@?*ont(#eury@?The #ay@ The #ay@ C4*A(1 4To those who are shoutin and crowdin about him; Pray you/ "e ,ent#e )ith my s!a""ard here-she=## ut her ton,ue out at you resent#y@ 4The circle enlar es3; THE C*15% 4-ecoilin ; >ee "a!-C4*A(1 4To 2ontfleury; Be,one@ THE C*15% 45ushin in closer, and rowlin .; Ahr@?ahr@? C4*A(1 4Turns upon them.; Did someone s ea-C 4They recoil a ain.; A V1/CE 47n the back of the hall, sin s.; *onsieur de Cyrano must "e another Caesar-#et Brutus #ay him #o)/ and #ay us ELa C#oriseF@ A++ THE C*15% 4/in in ; ELa C#orise@F ELa C#orise@F C4*A(1 Let me hear one more )ord o( that same son,/ and 1 destroy you a##@ A C/T/6E( Bho mi,ht you "eC SamsonCC4*A(1 Pre!ise#y3 Bou#d you -ind#y #end me your Da)"oneC A +A%4 47n one of the boxes; Bhat an outra,e@ A (1B+E S!anda#ous@

A C/T/6E( Annoyin,@ A PA)E Bhat a ,ame@ THE C*15% >ss@ *ont(#eury@ Cyrano@ C4*A(1 Si#en!e@ THE C*15% 4:elirious; Boo(@ Boo(@ Baaa@ Co!-adoo@ C4*A(1 1A PA)E *eo)@ C4*A(1 1 may "e si#ent@4His voice dominates the uproar. 2omentary hush.; And 1 o((er one uni.ersa# !ha##en,e to you a##@ A roa!h/ youn, heroes-1 )i## ta-e your names3 Ea!h in his turn-no !ro)din,@ One/ t)o/ three- !ome/ ,et your num"ers-)ho )i## head the #ist-you sirC No-youC Ah no3 To the (irst man )ho (a##s 1=## "ui#d a monument@ ?Not oneC Bi## a## )ho )ish to die/ #ease raise their handsC?1 see3 You are so modest/ you mi,ht "#ush "e(ore a s)ord na-ed3 S)eet inno!en!e@?Not one nameC Not one (in,erC?0ery )e##/ then 1 ,o on< 4Turnin back towards the sta e, where 2ontfleury waits in despair.; 1=d ha.e our theatre !ured o( his !ar"un!#e3 Or i( not/ )hy then4His hand on his sword hilt.; The #an!et@ ,1(TF+E2*4 1C4*A(1 4:escends from his chair, seats himself comfortably in the center of the circle which has formed around him, and makes himself 0uite at home.; Attend to me-(u## moon@ 1 !#a my hands/ three times-thus3 At the third you )i## e!#i se yourse#(3 THE C*15% 4(mused; Ah@

C4*A(1 ReadyC One@ ,1(TF+E2*4 1A V1/CE 4+rom the boxes; No@ THE C*15% He=## ,o-He=## stau,1(TF+E2*4 1 a#ready thin-/ ,ent#emenC4*A(1 T)o@ ,1(TF+E2*4 Perha s 1 had "etterC4*A(1 Three@ 42ontfleury disappears, as if throu h a trapdoor. Tempest of lau hter, hoots and hisses.; THE C*15% Yah@-Co)ard-Come "a!-C4*A(1 4Beamin , drops back in his chair and crosses his le s; Let him-i( he dare@ A C/T/6E( The *ana,er@ S ee!h@ S ee!h@ 4Bellerose advances and bows.; THE B1:E0 Ah@ Be##erose@ BE++E*10E 4=ith ele ance; *ost no"#e-most (airTHE C*15% No@ The Comedian-$ode#et@-

91%E+ET 4(dvances, and speaks throu h his nose.;

Le)d (e##o)s o( the "aser sortTHE C*15% Ha@ Ha@ Not "ad@ Bra.o@ 91%E+ET No Bra.os here@ Our hea.y tra,edian )ith the .o#u tuous "ust )as ta-en sudden#yTHE CROBD Yah@ Co)ard@ $ODELET 1 mean? He had to e e%!usedTHE CROBD Ca## him "a!-- No@- Yes@THE BOY 4To )yrano; A(ter a##/ *onsieur/ )hat reason ha.e you To hate this *ont(#euryC CYRANO 43raciously, still seated; *y dear youn, man/ 1 ha.e t)o reasons/ either one a#one Con!#usi.e3 5rimo: A #amenta"#e a!tor/ Bho mouths his .erse and moans his tra,edy/ And hea.es u - 5,h@- #i-e a hod-!arrier/ #ines That ou,ht to soar on their o)n )in,s3 /ecundo:; Be##- that=s my se!ret3 THE OLD C1T1GEN 4Behind him; But you !#ose the #ayELa C#oriseF- "y Baro@ Are )e to miss Our entertainment/ mere#yCYRANO 4-espectfully, turns his chair toward the old man; *y dear o#d "oy/ The oetry o( Baro "ein, )orth Gero/ or #ess/ 1 (ee# that 1 ha.e done Poeti! Dusti!e@ THE 1NTELLECT5ALS 4in the boxes; Rea##y@-our Baro@- *y dear@- Bhose e.erC- Ah/ dieu@ The idea@-

CYRANO 43allantly, turns his chair toward the boxes; 'air #adies-shine u on us #i-e the sun/ B#ossom #i-e the (#o)ers around us-"e our son,s/ Heard in a dream- *a-e s)eet the hour o( death/ Smi#in, u on us as you !#ose our eyes1ns ire/ "ut do not try to !riti!ize@ BELLEROSE Huite so@-and the mere money- ossi"#y You )ou#d #i-e that returned- YesC CYRANO Be##erose/ You s ea- the (irst )ord o( inte##i,en!e@ 1 )i## not )ound the mant#e o( the *useHere/ !at!h@4Throws him a purse; And ho#d your ton,ue3 THE CROBD 4(stonished; Ah@ Ah@ $ODELET 4:eftly catches the purse, wei hs it in his hand3; *onsieur/ You are here"y authorized to !#ose our #ay E.ery ni,ht/ on the same terms3 THE CROBD Boo@ $ODELET And )e#!ome@ Let us "e "ooed to,ether/ you and 1@ BELLEROSE >ind#y ass out +uiet#y 3 3 3 $ODELET 4Burles0uin Bellerose; Huiet#y 3 3 3 4They be in to o out, while )yrano looks about him with satisfaction. But the exodus ceases presently durin the ensuin scene. The ladies in their boxes who have already risen and put on their wraps, stop to listen, and finally sit down a ain3; LE BRET 4To )yrano; 1diot@

A *EDDLER 4Hurries up to )yrano3; The ,reat *ont(#eury@ Did you -no) the Du! de Canda#e )as his atronC Bho is yoursC CYRANO No one3 THE *EDDLER No one-no atronC CYRANO 1 said no3 THE *EDDLER Bhat/ no ,reat #ord/ to !o.er )ith his nameCYRANO 4=ith visible annoyance; No/ 1 ha.e to#d you t)i!e3 *ust 1 re eatC No sir/ no atron4His hand on his sword; But a atroness@ THE *EDDLER And )hen do you #ea.e ParisC CYRANO That=s as may "e3 THE *EDDLER The Du! de Canda#e has a #on, arm3 CYRANO *ine 1s #on,er/ 4:rawin his sword; "y three (eet o( stee#3 THE *EDDLER Yes/ yes/ But do you dream o( darin,CYRANO 1 do dream O( darin, ? THE *EDDLER But-

CYRANO You may ,o no)3 THE *EDDLER ButCYRANO You may ,oOr te## me )hy are you starin, at my nose@ THE *EDDLER 47n confusion; No-1CYRANO 4/teppin up to him; Does it astonish youC THE *EDDLER 4:rawin back; Your ,ra!e *isunderstands myCYRANO 1s it #on, and so(t And dan,#in,/ #i-e a trun-C THE *EDDLER 4/ame business; 1 ne.er saidCYRANO Or !or-ed/ #i-e an o)#=s "ea-C THE *EDDLER 1CYRANO Perha s a im #e ornaments the end o( itC THE *EDDLER NoCYRANO Or a (#y aradin, u and do)nC Bhat is this ortentC THE *EDDLER Oh@-

CYRANO This henomenonC THE *EDDLER But 1 ha.e "een !are(u# not to #oo-CYRANO And )hy Not/ i( you #easeC THE *EDDLER BhyCYRANO 1t dis,usts you/ thenC *y dear sirCYRANO Does its !o#or a ear to you un)ho#esomeC THE *EDDLER Oh/ "y no means@ CYRANO Or its (orm o"s!eneC THE *EDDLER Not in the #eastCyrano Then )hy assume This de re!atin, mannerC Possi"#y You (ind it Dust a tri(#e #ar,eC The ,eddler 4Babblin 9 Oh no@Sma##/ .ery sma##/ in(initesima#C4*A(1 8-oars9 BhatC Ho)C You a!!use me o( a"surdityC Sma##-my noseB BhyThe ,eddler 8Breathless9

*y God@C4*A(1 *a,ni(i!ent/ *y nose@?You u,/ you -no"/ you "utton-head/ >no) that 1 ,#ory in this nose o( mine/ 'or a ,reat nose indi!ates a ,reat manGenia#/ !ourteous/ inte##e!tua#/ 0iri#e/ !oura,eous-as 1 am-and su!h As you- oor )ret!h-)i## ne.er dare to "e E.en in ima,ination3 'or that (a!eThat "#an-/ in,#orious !on!a.ity Bhi!h my ri,ht hand (inds8He strikes him.9 The ,eddler O)@ C4*A(1 -on to o( you/ is as de.oid o( ride/ o( oetry/ O( sou#/ o( i!tures+ueness/ o( !ontour/ O( !hara!ter o( NOSE in short-as that 8Takes him by the shoulders and turns him around, suitin the action to the word9 Bhi!h at the end o( that #im s ine o( yours *y #e(t (ootTHE ,E%%+E* 8,scapin 9 He# @ The Guard@ C4*A(1 Ta-e noti!e/ a## Bho (ind this (eature o( my !ountenan!e A theme (or !omedy@ Bhen the humorist 1s no"#e/ then my !ustom is to sho) A re!iation ro er to his ran-*ore heart(e#t333and more ointed? %E )2/CHE 8=ho has come down from the sta e, surrounded by the 2ar0uis9 Present#y This (e##o) )i## ,ro) tiresome3 VA+VE*T

8/hru s9 Oh/ he "#o)s His trum et@ %E )2/CHE Be##-)i## no one inter(ereC VA+VE*T No oneC 8.ooks around9 O"ser.e3 1 myse#( )i## ro!eed To ut him in his #a!e3 8He walks up to C4*A(1/ who has been watchin him, and stands there, lookin him over with an affected air.9 Ah?your nose?hem@? Your nose is?rather #ar,e@ C4*A(1 83ravely9 Rather3 VA+VE*T 8/imperin 9 Oh )e##C4*A(1 4)oolly9 1s that a##C VA+VE*T 8Turns away with a shru 9 Be##/ o( !ourseC4*A(1 Ah/ no/ youn,er sir@ You are too sim #e3 Bhy/ you mi,ht ha.e saidOh/ a ,reat many thin,s@ *on dieu/ )hy )aste Your o ortunityC 'or e%am #e/ thus<A,,ressi.e< 1/ sir/ i( that nose )ere mine/ 1=d ha.e it am utated-on the s ot@ 'riend#y< Ho) do you drin- )ith su!h a noseC You ou,ht to ha.e a !u made s e!ia##y3

Des!ri ti.e< ETis a ro!--a !ra,-a !a eA !a eC Say rather/ a eninsu#a@ 1n+uisiti.e< Bhat is that re!e ta!#eA razor-!ase or a ort(o#ioC >ind#y< Ah/ do you #o.e the #itt#e "irds So mu! that )hen they !ome and sin, to you/ You ,i.e them this to er!h onC 1nso#ent< Sir/ )hen you smo-e/ the nei,h"ors must su ose Your !himney is on (ire3 Cautious< Ta-e !areA )ei,ht #i-e that mi,ht ma-e you to hea.y3 Thou,ht(u#< Some"ody (et!h my araso#Those de#i!ate !o#ors (ade so in the sun@ Pedanti!< Does not Aristo hanes *ention a mytho#o,i! monster !a##ed Hi o!am e#e hanto!ame#osC Sure#y )e ha.e here the ori,ina#@ 'ami#iar< Be##/ o#d tor!h#i,ht@ Han, you hat O.er that !hande#ier-it hurts my eyes3 E#o+uent< Bhen it "#o)s/ the ty hoon ho)#s/ And the !#ouds dar-en3 Dramati!< Bhen it "#eeds9 The Red Sea@ Enter risin,< Bhat a si,n (or some er(umer@ Lyri!s< Har--he horn O( Roa#nd !a##s to summon Char#ema,ne@Sim #e< Bhen do they un.ei# the monumentC Res e!t(u#< Sir/ 1 re!o,nize in you A man o( arts/ a man o( rominen!eRusti!< HeyC BhatC Ca## that a noseC Na na1 "e no (oo# #i-e )hat you thin- 1 "eThat there=s a "#ue !u!um"er@ *i#itary< Point a,ainst !a.a#ary@ Pra!ti!a#< Bhy not A #ottery )ith this (or the ,rand rizeC Or- arodyin, 'austus in the #ay)as this the nose that #aun!hed a thousand shi s And "urned the to #ess to)ers o( 1#iumCF These/ my dear sir/ are thin,s you mi,ht ha.e said Had you some tin,e o( #etters/ or o( )it To !o#or your dis!ourse3 But )it/-not so/ You ne.er had an atom-and o( #etters/ You need "ut three to )rite you do)n- an Ass3 *oreo.er/-i( you had the in.ention/ here Be(ore these (o#-s to ma-e a Dest o( meBe sure you )ou#d not then arti!u#ate The t)entieth art o( ha#( a sy##a"#e O( the "e,innin,@ 'or 1 say these thin,s Li,ht#y enou,h myse#(/ a"out myse#(/ But 1 a##o) none e#se to utter them3 %E )2/CHE 8Tires to lead away the ama!ed VA+VE*T9 0i!omte-!ome3

VA+VE*T 8)hokin 9 Oh-These arro,ant ,rand airs@A !#o)n )ho-#oo- at him-not e.en ,#o.es@ No ri""ons-no #a!e-no "u!-#es on his shoesC4*A(1 1 !arry my adornments on my sou#3 1 do not dress u #i-e a o inDay2 But in)ard#y/ 1 -ee my daintiness3 1 do not "ear )ith me/ "y any !han!e/ An insu#t not yet )ashed a)ay-a !ons!ien!e Ye##o) )ith un ur,ed "i#e-an honor (rayed To ra,s/ a set o( s!ru #es "ad#y )orn3 1 ,o !a arisoned in ,ems unseen/ Trai#in, )hite #umes o( (reedom/ ,ar#anded Bith my ,ood name-no (i,ure o( a man/ But a sou# !#othed in shinin, armor/ hun, Bith deeds (or de!orations/ t)ir#in,-thusA "rist#in, )it/ and s)inin, at my side Coura,e/ and on the stones o( this o#d to)n *a-in, the shar truth rin,/ #i-e ,o#den s urs@ VA+VE*T ButC4*A(1 But 1 ha.e no ,#o.es@ A ity too@ 1 had one-the #ast one o( an o#d airAnd #ost that3 0ery !are#ess o( me3 Some Gent#eman o((ered me an im ertinen!e3 1 #e(t it-in his (a!e3 VA+VE*T Do#t/ "um -in/ (oo#/ 1nso#ent u y/ Do""erno)#@ C4*A(1 4-emoves his hat and bows.9 Ah/ yesC And 1-Cyrano-Sa.inien-Her!u#e De Ber,era!@ VA+VE*T 8Turns away.9 Bu((oon@

Cyrano; 8)ries out as if suddenly taken with a cramp9 Oh@ Valvert; 8Turns back9 Be##/ )hat no)C Cyrano; 8=ith rimaces of an uish9 1 must do somethin, to re#ie.e these !ram s-This is )hat !omes o( #a!- o( e%er!ise-AhValvert; Bhat is a## thisC Cyrano; *y s)ord has ,one to s#ee C Valvert; 8:raws9 So "e it@ Cyrano; You sha## die e%+uisite#y3 Valvert; 8)ontemptuously9 Poet@ Cyrano; Bhy yes/ a oet/ i( you )i##2 so )hi#e )e (en!e/ 1=## ma-e you a Ba##ade E%tem ore3 Valvert; A Ba##adeC Cyrano; Yes3 You -no) )hat that isC Valvert; 1Cyrano; The Ba##ade/ sir/ is (ormed o( three stanzas o( ei,ht #ines ea!hValvert; Oh/ !ome@ Cyrano; And a re(rain o( (our Valvert;

YouCyrano: 1=## !om ose One/ )hi#e 1 (i,ht )ith you2 and at the end o( the #ast #ine-thrust home@ Valvert; Bi## youC Cyrano; 1 )i## 8:eclaims9 EBa##ade o( the due# at the Hote# de Bour,o,ne "et)een de Ber,era! and a Boeotian3F Valvert; 8/neerin 9 Bhat do you mean "y thatC Cyrano; Oh/ thatC The tit#e3 The Cro<d; 8,xcited9 Come on- A !ir!#e- Huiet- Do)n in (ront 8Tableau. ( rin of interested spectators in the centre of the floor, the 2ar0uis and the 1fficers min lin with the citi!ens and common folk. 5a es swarmin up on the men#s shoulders to see better* the ladies in the boxes standin and leanin over. To the ri ht, :e 3uiche and his followin * to the left .e Bret, )ui y, -a ueneau, and others of )yrano#s friends.9 Cyrano; 4C#oses his eyes (or an instant3; Sto ? Let me !hoose my rimes?No)@ Here )e ,o8He suits the action to the word, throu hout the followin :9 Li,ht#y 1 toss my hat a)ay/ Lan,uid#y o.er my arm #et (a## The !#oa- that !o.ers my "ri,ht arrayThen out s)ords/ and to )or- )itha#@ A Laun!e#ot/ in his Lady=s ha##? A S arta!us/ at the Hi odrome@? 1 da##y a)hi#e )ith you/ dear Da!-a#/ Then/ as 1 end the re(rain/ thrust home@ 8The swords cross; the fi ht is on.9 Bhere sha## 1 -e)er my ea!o!-C?Nay/ Better (or you to ha.e shunned the "ra)#@Here/ in the heart/ thro= your ri""ons ,ayC 1n the "e##y/ under your si#-en sha)#sC Har-/ ho) the stee# rin,s musi!a#@ *ar- ho) my oint (#oats/ #i,hts as the (oam/ Ready to dri.e you "a!- to the )a##/

Then/ as 1 end the re(rain/ thrust home@ Ho/ (or a rime@ ? You are )hite as )heyYou "rea-/ you !o)er/ you !rin,e/ you?!ra)#@ Ta!@-and 1 arry your #ast essay< So many the turn o( a hand (oresta## Li(e )ith its honey/ death )ith its ,a##2 So many the turn o( my (an!y roam 'ree/ (or a time/ ti## the rimes re!a##/ Then as 1 end the re(rain/ thrust home@ 8He announces solemnly.9 Re(rain< Prin!e@ Pray God/ that is Lord o( a##/ Beat- ass-(#in, you as#ant/ as ra)#Then/ as 1 end the re(rain? 8He lun es* >alvert sta ers back and falls into the arms of his friends. )yrano recovers, and salutes.9 -Thrust home@ 8/houts. (pplause from the boxes. +lowers and handkerchiefs come flutterin down. The officers surround )yrano and con ratulate him. -a eneau dances for 4oy. .e Bret is unable to conceal his enthusiasm. The friends of >alvert hold him up and help him away.9 The Cro<d; 87n one lon cry9 Ah-h@ A Cavalier; Su er"@ A 5oman; Sim #y s)eet@ *ageneau; *a,ne#e hant@ A ,ar=uis; A no.e#ty@ +e Bret; Bah@ The Cro<d; 8Thron in around )yrano9 Com #iments-re,ards-Bra.o@A 5oman>s Voice; Bhy/ he=s a hero@ A ,usketeer; 8(dvances 0uickly to )yrano, with outstretched hands.9

*onsieur/ )i## you ermit meC-1t )as a## to,ether (ine@ 1 thin- 1 may a re!iate these thin,s-*oreo.er/ 1 ha.e "een stam in, (or ure Doy@ 8He retires 0uickly.9 Cyrano; 8To )ui y9 Bhat )as that ,ent#eman=s nameC Cuigy; OH?D=Arta,nan3 +e Bret; 8Takes )yrano#s arm.9 Come here and te## meCyrano; Let this !ro)d ,o (irst8To Bellerose9 *ay )e stayC Bellerose; 8=ith reat respect.9 Certain#y@ 8)ries and cat;calls off sta e.9 9odelet; 8)omes down from the door where he has been lookin out.9 Har-@- *ont(#eury- They are hootin, him3 Bellerose; 8/olemnly9 ESi! transit ,#oria@F 8)han es his tone and shouts to the porter and the lampli hter.9 -Stri-e@?C#ose the house@?Lea.e the #i,htsBe rehearse the ne) (ar!e a(ter dinner3 8Codelet and Bellerose o out after elaborately salutin )yrano.9 THE PORTER 8To )yrano9 You do not dineC CYRANO 1C-No@ 8The 5orter turns away.9

LE BRET =hy notD CYRANO 4Hau,hti#y; Because; 4Chan,in, his tone )hen he see the Porter has ,one; Because 7 have No money LE BRET 83esture of tossin 9 But-the urse o( ,o#dC CYRANO 'are)e##/ Paterna# ension@ LE BRET So you ha.e/ unti# The (irst o( ne%t month-C CYRANO Nothin,3 LE BRET Bhat a (oo#@- But )hat a ,esture@ THE ORANGE GIRL 8Behind her little counter* cou hs.9 Hem@ 8)yrano and .e Bret look around* she advances timidly.9 Pardon/ monsieur 3 3 3 A man ou,ht ne.er to ,o hun,ry 87ndicatin sideboard9 See/ 1 ha.e e.erythin, here 3 3 3 8,a erly9 P#ease@ C4*A(1 86ncovers9 *y dear !hi#d/ 1 !annot "end this ,as!on ride o( mine To a!!e t su!h a -indnessYet 1 (ear that 1 may ,i.e you ain i( 1 re(use/ 1 )i## ta-e 3 3 3 8He oes to the sideboard and makes his selection.9 Oh/ not .ery mu!h@ A ,ra e 3 3 3 8/he ives him the whole bunch* he removes a sin le rape.9 One on#y@ And a ,#ass o( )ater 3 3 3

8/he starts to pour wine into it* he stops her9 C#ear@ And 3 3 3 ha#( a ma!aroon@ 8He ravely returns the other half.9 LE BRET O#d idiot@ THE ORANGE GIRL Than- you sir3 8/he curtseys.9 Good ni,ht3 8/he oes out.9 CYRANO No)/ 1 am #istenin,3 85lants himself before the sideboard and arran es thereon;9 Dinner@8;the macaroon9 Drin-@ 8;the lass of water9 Dessert@ 8;the rape.9 There-no) 1=## sit do)n3 8/eats himself9 Lord/ 1 )as hun,ry@ A"omina"#y@ 8,atin 9 Be##C LE BRET These (atheads )ith the "e##i!ose ,rand airs Bi## ha.e you ruined i( you #isten to them2 Ta#- to a man o( sense and hear ho) a## Your s)a,,er im resses him3 CYRANO 8+inishes his macaroon9 Enormous#y3 LE BRET The Cardina#CYRANO 8Beamin 9 Bas he thereC LE BRET He must ha.e thou,ht you-

CYRANO Ori,ina#3 LE BRET Be##/ "utCYRANO He is himse#( A #ay)ri,ht3 He )i## not "e too dis #eased That 1 ha.e !#osed another author=s #ay3 LE BRET But #oo- at a## the enemies you ha.e made@ CYRANO 8Be ins on the rape9 Ho) many-do you thin-C LE BRET $ust (orty-ei,ht Bithout )omen3 CYRANO Count them3 LE BRET *onte(#eury/ Baro/ de Gui!he/ the 0i!omte/ the O#d *an/ A## the A!ademyCYRANO Enou,h@ You ma-e me Ha y@ LE BRET But )here is a## this #eadin, youC Bhat is your #anC CYRANO 1 ha.e "een )anderin,Bastin, my (or!e u on too many #ans3 No) 1 ha.e !hosen one3 LE BRET Bhat oneC CYRANO The sim #estTo ma-e myse#( in a## thin,s admira"#e@

+E B*ET Hm h@- Be##/ then/ the rea# reason )hy you hate *onte(#eury-Come/ the truth/ no)@ CYRANO 8-ises9 That Si#enus/ Bho !annot ho#d his "e##y in his arms/ Sti## dreams o( "ein, s)eet#y dan,erous Amon, the )omen-si,hs and #an,uishes/ *a-in, shee s= eyes out o( his ,reat (ro,=s (a!e1 hate him e.er sin!e one day he dared Smi#e u onOh/ my (riend/ 1 seemed to see O.er some (#o)er a ,reat snai# !ra)#in,@ LE BRET 8(ma!ed9 Ho)/ BhatC 1s it ossi"#eCCYRANO 8=ith a bitter smile9 'or me to #o.eC 3 3 3 8)han es his tone* seriously9 1 #o.e3 LE BRET *ay 1 -no)C You ha.e ne.er saidCYRANO Bhom 1 #o.eC Thin- a moment3 Thin- o( me*e/ )hom the #ainest )oman )ou#d des ise*e/ )ith this nose o( mine that mar!hes on Be(ore me "y a +uarter o( an hour@ Bhom shou#d 1 #o.eC Bhy-o( !ourse-it must "e The )oman in the )or#d most "eauti(u#3 LE BRET *ost "eauti(u#C CYRANO 1n a## this )or#d-most s)eet2 A#so most )ise2 most )itty2 and most (air@ LE BRET Bho and )hat is this )omanC C4*A(1 Dan,erous *orta##y/ )ithout meanin,2 e%+uisite

Bithout ima,inin,3 Nature=s o)n snare To a##ure manhood3 A )hite rose )herein Lo.e #ies in am"ush (or his natura# rey3 Bho -no)s her smi#e has -no)n a er(e!t thin,3 She !reates ,ra!e in her o)n ima,e/ "rin,s Hea.en to earth in one mo.ement o( her handA Nor thou/ O 0enus @ Ba#an!in, thy she## O.er the *editerranean "#ue/ nor thou/ Diana @ mar!hin, throu,h "road/ "#ossomin, )oods/ Art so di.ine as )hen she mounts her !hair/ And ,oes a"road throu,h Paris @
+E B*ET

Oh/ )e##Ao( !ourse/ That ma-es e.erythin, !#ear @ C4*A(1 Trans arent#y3
+E B*ET

And )hy notC 1( you #o.e her/ te## her so @ You ha.e !o.ered yourse#( )ith ,#ory in her eyes This .ery day3
C4*A(1

*y o#d (riendA#oo- at me/ And te## me ho) mu!h ho e remains (or me Bith this rotu"eran!e @ Oh 1 ha.e no more 1##usions @ No) and thenA"ah @ 1 may ,ro) Tender/ )a#-in, a#one in the "#ue !oo# O( e.enin,/ throu,h some ,arden (resh )ith (#o)ers A(ter the "enedi!tion o( the rain 2 *y oor "i, de.i# o( a nose inha#es A ri#?and so 1 (o##o) )ith my eyes Bhere some "oy/ )ith a ,ir# u on his arm/ Passes a at!h o( si#.er?and 1 (ee# Someho)/ 1 )ish 1 had a )oman too/ Ba#-in, )ith #itt#e ste s under the moon/ And ho#din, my arm so/ and smi#in,3 Then 1 dreamAand 1 (or,et?3 And then 1 see The shado) o( my ro(i#e on the )a## @
+E B*ET

*y (riend @333
C4*A(1

*y (riend/ 1 ha.e my "itter days/ >no)in, myse#( so u(#y/ so a#one3 SometimesA

+E B*ET

You )ee C
C4*A(1

8Euickly9 Oh/ not that e.er @ No/ That )ou#d "e too ,rotes+ueAtears tri!-#in, do)n A## the #on, )ay a#on, this nose o( mineC 1 )i## not so ro(ane the di,nity O( sorro)3 Ne.er any tears (or me @ Bhy/ there is nothin, more su"#ime than tears/ Nothin, @ASha## 1 ma-e them ridi!u#ous 1n my oor ersonC
+E B*ET

Lo.e=s no more than !han!e @
C4*A(1

8/hakes his head.9 No3 1 #o.e C#eo atra2 do 1 a ear CaesarC 1 a(ore Beatri!e2 ha.e 1 The #oo- o( DanteC
+E B*ET

But your )itAyour !oura,eA Bhy/ that oor !hi#d )ho o((ered you Dust no) Your dinner @ SheAyou sa) )ith your o)n eyes/ Her eyes did not a.oid you
C4*A(1

8Thou htful9 That is true?
+E B*ET

)e## then @ Ro%ane herse#(/ )at!hin, your due#/ a#er thanA
C4*A(1

Pa#eCA

+E B*ET

?her #i s arted/ her hand thus/ at her "reastA1 sa) it @ S ea- to her S ea-/ man @
C4*A(1

Throu,h my noseC She mi,ht #au,h at me2 That is the one thin, in this )or#d 1 (ear @ THE P1*TE*

4'o##o)ed "y the Duenna/ a roa!hes A #ady as-in, (or *onsieur3
C4*A(1

C4*A(1

respectfully.9

*on dieu? Her Duenna @A
THE %2E((A

8( sweepin curtsey9 *onsieur? A messa,e (or you< 'rom our ,ood !ousin )e desire to -no)n Bhen and )here )e may see him ri.ate#y3
C4*A(1

8(ma!ed9 To see meC
THE %2E((A

8(n elaborate reverence9 To see you3 Be ha.e !ertain thin,s To te## you3
C4*A(1

CertainA
THE %2E((A

Thin,s3
C4*A(1

8Tremblin 9 *on dieu @333
THE %2E((A

Be ,o Tomorro)/ at the (irst (#ush o( the da)n/ To hear *ass at St3 Ro!h3 Then a(ter)ards/ Bhere !an )e meet and ta#- a #itt#eC
C4*A(1

8)atchin

+E B*ET>0

arm.9

THE %2E((A

Be##C
C4*A(1

1 am thin-in,?
THE %2E((A

And you thin-C

C4*A(1

1?The sho o( Ra,ueneau? Ra,ueneauA astry!oo-?
THE %2E((A

Bho d)e##sCA
C4*A(1

*on dieu@333 Oh/ yes?Ah/ mon dieu@333 Rue St3-HonorK3
THE %2E((A

Be are a,reed3 Remem"erAse.en o=!#o!-3 8-everence9 5nti# thenA
C4*A(1

1=## "e there3 8The :uenna oes out.9
C4*A(1

8+als into the arms of +E B*ET&' *e?to see me@333
+E B*ET

You are not +uite so ,#oomy3
C4*A(1

A(ter a##/ She -no)s that 1 e%istAno matter )hy@
+E B*ET

So no)/ you are ,oin, to "e ha y3
C4*A(1

No)@333 8Beside himself9 1A1 am ,oin, to "e a stormAa (#ameA 1 need to (i,ht )ho#e armies a## a#one2 1 ha.e ten hearts2 1 ha.e a hundred arms2 1 (ee# Too stron, to )ar )ith morta#sA 8He shouts at top of his voice.9 BR1NG *E G1ANTS@ 8( moment since, the shadows of the comedians have been visible movin and posturin upon the sta e. The violins have taken their places.9
A V1/CE

8+rom the sta e9

HeyA stA#ess noise @ Be are rehearsin, here @ C4*A(1 8.au hs9 Be are ,oin,3 8He turns up sta e. Throu h the street door enter C2/)4? B*/00A/++E? and a number of officers, supportin +/)(/@*E? who is now thorou hly drunk.9 C2/)4 Cyrano@ Cyrano Bhat is itC Cuigy Here- Here=s your stray #am"@ C4*A(1 8reco ni!es .i niere.9 Li,niereABhat=s )ron, )ith himC Cuigy He )ants you3 B*/00A/++E He=s a(raid to ,o home3 C4*A(1 BhyC +igniere 8/howin a piece of crumpled scrap paper and speakin with the elaborate lo ic of profound intoxication.9 This #etterAhundred a,ainst oneAthat=s meA1=m the oneAa## "e!ause o( #itt#e son,A Good son,AHundred men/ )aitin,/ understandC Porte de Nes#eA)ay homeA *i,ht "e dan,erousABou#d you ermit me s end the ni,ht )ith youC Cyrano A hundredAis that a##C You are ,oin, home@ +/)(/E*E 8(stonished9 BhyA

Cyrano 87n a voice of thunder, indicatin the li hted lantern which the 5orter holds up curiously as he re ards the scene.9 Ta-e that #antern@ 8.i niere precipitately sei!es the lantern.9 'or)ard mar!h@ 1 say 1=## "e the man to-ni,ht that sees you home3 8To the officers9 You others (o##o)A1 )ant an audien!e@ C2/)4 A hundred a,ainst oneA C4*A(1 Those are the odds toni,ht@ 8The comedians in their costumes are descendin from the sta e and 4oinin the roup.9 +E B*ET But )hy he# thisA C4*A(1 There ,oes Le Bret ,ro)#in,@ +E B*ET --This drun-ard hereC C4*A(1 8His hand on .e Bret#s shoulder.9 Be!ause this drun-ardAThis tun o( sa!/ this "utt o( Bur,undy-On!e in his #i(e has done one #o.e#y thin,< A(ter the mass/ a!!ordin, to the (orm/ He sa)/ one day the #ady o( his heart/ Ta-e ho#y )ater (or a "#essin,3 So This one/ )ho shudders at a dro o( rain/ This (e##o) hereAruns head#on, to the (ront Bends do)n and drin-s it dry@ A 0oubrette 1 say that )as a retty thou,ht Cyrano Ah/ )as it notC The 0oubrette 8To the others9 But )hy a,ainst one oor oet/ a hundred menC C4*A(1 *ar!h@ 8To the officers9 And you ,ent#emen/ remem"er no)/ No res!ue-- Let me (i,ht a#one3

A Comedienne 8Cumps down from the sta e.9 Come on@ 1=m ,oin, to )at!hA C4*A(1 Come a#on,@ Another Comedienne 8Cumps down, speaks to a )omedian costumed as an old man.9 You/ CassandreC Cyrano Come a## o( youAthe Do!tor/ 1sa"e##e/ LeandreAthe )ho#e !om anyAa s)arm o( murmurin,/ ,o#den "eesA)e=## arody 1ta#ian (ar!e and Tra,edy-o(-B#ood2 Ri""ons (or "anners/ mas-s (or "#azonry/ and tam"ourines to "e our ro##in, drums@ A++ THE 51,E( 8Cumpin for 4oy9 Bra.o@ *y hoodA*y !#oa-AHurry@ 9odelet 82ock heroic9 Lead on@A C4*A(1 8To the violins9 You .io#insA #ay us an o.ertureA 8The violins 4oin the precession which is formin . The li hted candles are snatched from the sta e and distributed* it becomes a torchli ht procession.9 Bra.o@- O((i!ers- Ladies in !ostume- And t)enty a!es in ad.an!e? 8He takes his station as he speaks.9 *yse#(/ A#one/ )ith ,#ory (#utterin, o.er me/ A#one as Lu!i(er at )ar )ith hea.en@ Remem"erAno one #i(ts a hand to he# -- Ready thereC One?t)o?three@ Porter/ the doorsB< 8The 5orter flin s wide the reat doors. =e see in the dim moonli ht a corner of old 5aris, purple and pictures0ue.9 Loo-AParis dreamsAno!turna#/ ne"u#ous/ 5nder "#ue moon"eams hun, (rom )a## to )a##-- Nature=s o)n settin, (or the s!ene )e #ay@ Yonder/ "ehind her .ei# o( mist/ the Seine/ Li-e a mysterious and ma,i! mirror trem"#es-- And you sha## see )hat you sha## see@ All To the Porte de Nes#e@ C4*A(1

8,rect upon threshold9 To the Porte de Nes#e@ 8He turns back for a moment to the /oubrette9 Did you not as-/ my dear/ )hy a,ainst one sin,er they send a hundred )ordsC 8Euietly, drawin his own sword9 Be!ause they -no) this one man (or a (riend o( mine@ 8He oes out. The procession follows: .i niere !i !a in at its head, then the )omediennes on the arms of the 1fficers, then the )omedians, leapin and dancin as they o. 7t vanishes into the ni ht to the music of the violins, illuminated by the flickerin limmer of the candles.9 8)urtain9 THE 0EC1(% ACT
THE BA3E*4 1F THE P1ET0

The /hop of -a ueneau, Baker and 5astrycook: a spacious affair at the corner of the -ue /t. Honore# and the -ue de .#(rbre /ec. The street, seen va uely throu h the lass panes in the door at the back, is ray in the first li ht of dawn. 7n the fore round, at the .eft, a counter is surmounted by a )anopy of wrou ht iron from which are han in ducks, eese, and white peacocks. 3reat crockery 4ars hold bou0uets of common flowers, yellow sunflowers in particular. 1n the same side farther back, a hu e fireplace* in front of it, between the reat andirons, of which each one supports a little saucepan, roast fowls revolve and weep into their drippin spans. To the -i ht at the +irst ,ntrance, a door. Beyond it, /econd ,ntrance, a staircase leads up to a little dinnin ;room under the eaves, its interior visible throu h open shutters. ( table is set there and a tiny +lemish candlestick is li hted* there one may retire to eat and drink in private. ( wooden allery, extendin from the head of the stairway, seems to lead to other little dinnin ;rooms. 7n the centre of the shop, an iron rin han s by a rope over a pulley so that it can be raised or lowered* adorned with ame of various kinds hun from it by hooks, it has the appearance of sort of a astronomic chandelier. 7n the shadow under the staircase, ovens are lowin . The spits revolve* the copper pots and pans leam ruddily. 5astries in pyramids. Hams han from the rafters. The mornin bakin is in pro ress: a bustle of tall cooks and timid scullions and scurryin apprentices* a blossomin of white caps adorned with cock#s feathers or the win s of uinea fowl. 1n wicker trays or on reat metal platters they brin in rows of pastries and fancy dishes of various kinds. Tables are covered with trays of cakes and rolls* others with chairs placed about them are set for uests. 1ne little table in a corner disappears under a heap of papers. (t the curtain -ise -a ueneau is seated there. He is writin poetry.

A Pastrycook 8Brin s in a dish.9 'uits en ,e#ee @ 0econd Pastrycook (Brin s in a dish.9 Custard @ Third Pastrycook (Brin s roast peacock ornamented with feathers.9 Pea!o!- roti @ Fourth Pastrycook 8Brin s tray of cakes.9 Ca-es and !on(e!tions@ Fi-th Pastrycook 8Brin s earthen dish.9 Bee( en !assero#e@ *agueneau 8-aises his head* returns to mere earth9 O.er the !o ers o( my -it!hen (#o) The (rosted-si#.er da)n3 Si#en!e a)hi#e The ,od )ho sin,s )ithin thee/ Ra,ueneau@ Lay do)n the #ute---the o.en !a##s (or thee@ 8-ises* oes to one of the cooks3; Here=s a hiatus in your sau!e2 (i## u The measure3 The Cook Ho) mu!hC *agueneau 82easures on his fin er.9 One more da!ty#3 The Cook HuhC? First Pastrycook Ro##s@ 0econd Pastrycook Rou#ades@ *agueneau 8Before the fireplace9 0ei#/ O *use thy .ir,in eyes

'rom the #e)d ,#eam o( these terrestria# (ires@ 8To +irst 5astrycook9 Your ro##s #a!- "a#an!e3 Here=s the ro er (orm---An e+ua# hemisti!h on either side/ And the !aesura in "et)een3 8To another, pointin out an unfinished pie 9 Your house o( !rust shou#d ha.e a roo( u on it3 8To another, who is seated on the hearth, placin poultry on a spit9 And youA#on, the intermina"#e s it/ arran,e the modest u##et and the #ord#y Tur- A#ternate#y/ my son as ,reat *a#her"e a#ternates ma#e and (ema#e rimes3 Remem"er/ a !ou #et/ or a roast/ shou#d "e )e## turned3 An Apprentice ((dvances with a dish covered by a napkin9 *aster/ 1 thou,ht o( you )hen 1 desi,ned this/ ho in, it mi,ht #ease you3 *agueneau Ah! A lyreThe apprentice 1n u(( aste*agueneau And the De)e#s-!andied (ruit@ The apprentice And the strin,s/ Bar#ey-su,ar@ *agueneau 8 ives him money9 Go and drin- my hea#th 8.ise enters.9 St@-*y )i(e--!ir!u#ate/ and hide that money@ 8/hows the lyre to .ise, with a lan uid air.9 Gra!e(u#-yesC +ise Ridi!u#ous@ 8/he places on the counter a pile of paper ba s9 *aguenaeu Paper bags? Thank you… 8He looks at them9 Cie#@ *y manus!ri ts@ The sa!red .erses o( my oets-rent asunder/ Lim" (rom #in""ut!hered to ma-e "ase a!-a,es o( astry@ Ah/ you are one o( those insane Ba!!hantes )ho destroyed Or heus@ +ise You dirty poets left them here to pay for eating half our stock-in-trade. We ought to make some profit out of them!

Ragueneau Ant! Would you blame the locust for his song? Lise 1 "#ame the #o!ust (or it=s a etite@ There used to "e a time-"e(ore you had your hun,ry (riends-you ne.er !a##ed me ants-no/ nor "a!!hantes *agueneau Bhat a )ay to use oetry@ +ise Be##/ )hat is the use o( itC *aguenaeu But/ my dear ,ir#/ )hat )ou#d you do )ith roseC 8Two children enter.9 Be##/ dearsC A Child Three #itt#e atties3 *aguenaeu 8/erves them.9 There )e are@ A## hot and "ro)n3 The Child Bou#d you mind )ra in, themC *aguenaeu One o( my a er "a,s@333 Oh/ !ertain#y3 8-eads from the ba , as he 7 about to wrap the patties in it.9 E5#ysses/ )hen he #e(t Pene#o eFNot that one@ 8Takes anotherba * reads9 EPhoe"us/ ,o#den-!ro)nedF Not that one3 +ise Be##C They are )aitin,@ *aguenaeu 0ery )e##/ .ery )e##@The sonnet to Phy##is?Yes- it does seem hard? +ise *ade u your mind-at #ast@ * h@-$a!--o=-Dreams *agueneau 8(s her back is turned, calls back the children, who are already at the door.9

Pst@-Chi#dren- Gi.e me "a!- the "a,3 1nstead o( three atties/ you sha## ha.e si% o( them@ 82akes the exchan e. The children o out. He reads from the ba , as he smooths it out tenderly.9 EPhy##isF- a s ot o( "utter on her name@-EPhy##isFCyrano 8,nters hurriedly.9 Bhat is the timeC *agueneau Si% o= !#o!-3 Cyrano One Hour more?? *agueneau 'e#i!itations@ Cyrano And (or )hatC *agueneau Your .i!tory@ 1 sa) it a##Cyrano Bhi!h oneC *agueneau At the Hote# de Bour,o,ne3 Cyrano Oh-the due#@ *agueneau The due# in Rime@ +ise He ta#-s o( nothin, e#se3 Cyrano Nonsense@ *agueneau 8+encin and foinin with a spit, which he snatches up from the hearth.9 EThen/ as 1 end the re(rain/ thrust home@F EThen/ as 1 end the re(rainFGods@ Bhat a #ine EThen/ as 1 endFCyrano Bhat time no)/ Ra,ueneauC

*agueneau 85etrified at the full extent of a lun e, while he looks at the clock.9 'i.e a(ter si%- 8-ecovers9 E-thrust home@F A "a##ade/ too@ +ise 8To )yrano, who in passin has mechanically shaken hands with her9 Your hand-)hat ha.e you doneC Cyrano Oh/ my handC-Nothin,3 *agueneau Bhat dan,er no)Cyrano No dan,er3 +ise 1 "e#ie.e he is #yin,3 Cyrano BhyC Bas 1 #oo-in, do)n my noseC That must ha.e "een a de.i# o( a #ie@ 8)han in his tone* to -a ueneau9 1 e% e!t someone3 Lea.e us here a#one/ )hen the time !omes3 *agueneau Ho) !an 1C 1n a moment/ my oets )i## "e here3 +ise To "rea- their333(ast@ Cyrano Ta-e them a)ay/ then/ )hen 1 ,i.e the si,n3 MBhat timeC *agueneau Ten minutes a(ter3 Cyrano Ha.e you a enC *agueneau 81ffers him a pen.9 An ea,#e=s (eather@ A ,usketeer 8,nters, and speaks to .ise in stentorian voice.9 3reetin,s@ Cyrano 8To -a ueneau9

Bho is thisC *agueneau *y )i(e=s (riend3 A terri(i! )arrior/ so he says3 Cyrano Ah- 1 see3 8Takes out the pen* waves -a ueneau away9 On#y to )rite- To (o#d- To ,i.e it to her- and to ,o to? 8Throws down the pen.9 Co)ard@ And yet-the De.i# ta-e my sou# i( 1 dare s ea- one )ord to her?3 8To -a ueneau9 Bhat time is it no)C *agueneau A +uarter a(ter si%3 Cyrano 8/trikin his breast.9 -One #itt#e )ord o( a## the many thousand 1 ha.e here@ Bhereas in )ritin,? 8Takes up the pen9 Come/ 1=## )rite to her that #etter 1 ha.e )ritten on my heart/ torn u and )ritten o.er many times- so many times? that a## 1 ha.e to do is to remem"er/ and to )rite it do)n3 8He writes. Thorou h the lass of the door appear va ue and hesitatin shadows. The poets enter, clothed in rusty black and spotted with mud.9 +ise 8To -a ueneau9 Here !omes your s!are!ro)s@ First Poet Comrade@ 0econd Poet 8Takes both -a ueneau#s hands.9 *y dear "rother3 Third Poet 8/niffin 9 O Lord o( Roasts/ ho) s)eet thy d)e##in, are@ Fourth Poet Cu id o( Coo-ery@ *agueneau 8/urrounded, embraced, beaten on the back.9 These ,eniuses/ they ut one at one=s ease@ First Poet

Be )ere de#ayed "y the !ro)d at the Porte de Nes#e3 0econd Poet Dead men a## s!arred and ,ory/ s!attered on the stones/ .i##ainous- #oo-in, s!oundre#sei,ht o( them3 Cyrano 8.ooks up an instant9 Ei,htC 1 thou,ht on#y se.en*agueneau Do you -no) the hero o( this he!atom"C Cyrano 1C33333No3

+ise 8To the 2usekteer9 Do youC The ,usketeer Hmm- erha s@ First Poet They say one man a#one ut to (#i,ht a## this !ro)d3 0econd poet E.ery)here #ay s)ords/ da,,ers/ i-es/ "#ud,eonsCyrano 8=ritin 9 EYour eyes?F Third Poet As (ar as the Huai des Or(e.res/ hats and !#oa-sFirst Poet Bhy/ that man must ha.e "een the de.i#@ Cyrano EYour #i s?F F/*0T P1ET< Some sa.a,e monster mi,ht ha.e done this thin,@ C4*A(1< ELoo-in, u on you/ 1 ,ro) (aint )ith (ear?F 0EC1(% P1ET<

Bhat ha.e you )ritten #ate#y/ Ra,ueneauC C4*A(1< EYour (riend- Bho #o.es you?F So3 No si,nature2 1=## ,i.e it to her myse#(3 *A)2E(EA2< A Re!i e 1n Rime3 TH/*% P1ET< Read us your rimes@ F12*TH P1ET< Here=s a "rio!he !o!-in, its hat at me3 8He bites off the top of it.9 F/*0T P1ET< Loo- ho) those "uns (o##o) the hun,ry oet )ith their eyes- Those a#mond eyes@ 0EC1(% P1ET< Be are #istenin,TH/*% P1ET< See this !ream- u((- 'at #itt#e "a"y/ droo#in, )hi#e it smi#es@ 0EC1(% P1ET< 8Nibblin at the pastry lyre.9 'or the (irst time/ the #yre is my su

ort3

*A)2E(EA2< 8)ou hs, ad4usts his cap, strikes an attitude.9 A Re!i e in Rime0EC1(% P1ET< 83ives F/*0T P1ET a di with his elbow.9 Your "rea-(astC F/*0T P1ET< Dinner@ *A)2E(EA2< 8:eclaims9 A Re!i e (or *a-in, A#mond Tarts3 Beat your e,,s/ the yo#- and )hite/ .ery #i,ht2 *in,#e )ith their !reamy (#u(( dro s o( #ime-Dui!e !oo# and ,reen2 then our in *i#- o( A#monds/ Dust enou,h3 Dainty ans/ em"ra!ed in u(( aste- Ha.e these ready )ithin rea!h2 )ith your thum" and (in,er/ in!h ha#( an in!h u around the ed,e o( ea!h- 1nto these/ a s!ore or more/ s#o)#y our a## your store o( !ustard2 so ta-e them/ "a-e them ,o#den-"ro)n- No) sit do)n@333 A#mond tart#ets/ Ra,ueneau@

THE P1ET0< De#i!ious@ *e#tin,@ A P1ET< 8)hokes9 Hum h@ C4*A(1< 8To -a ueneau9 Do you not see those (e##o)s (attenin, themse#.esC*A)2E(EA2< 1 -no)3 1 )ou#d not #oo-- it mi,ht em"arrass them- You see/ 1 #o.e a (riend#y audien!e3 Besides- another .anity- 1 am #eased )hen they enDoy my !oo-in,3 C4*A(1< 8/laps him on the back.9 Be o(( )ith you@8*A)2E(EA2 oes upsta e.9 Good #itt#e sou#@ 8)alls to +/0E.9 *adame@8/he leaves the 2usketeer and comes down to him.9 This mus-eteer- He is ma-in, #o.e to youC +/0E< 8Hau htily9 1( any man o((ends my .irtue- a## 1 ha.e to do is #oo- at him- on!e@

C4*A(1< 8.ooks at her ravely* she drops her eyes.9 1 do not (ind those eyes o( yours un!on+uera"#e3 +/0E< 85antin 9 MAh@ C4*A(1< 87ronic emphasis9 1 thin- 1 interru t you3 8He salutes the 2usketeer, who has hHeard without darin to resent the warnin . +/0E 8 oes to the 2usketeer as returns C4*A(1>0 salute.9 You- you s)a##o) thatC- You ou,ht to ha.e u##ed his nose@ THE ,203ETEE*< His noseC- His nose@333 8He oes out hurriedly.

*1:A(E and the :uenna appear outside the door.9 C4*A(1< 8Nods to *A)2E(EA2.9 Pst@*A)2E(EA2< 8To the 5oets9 Come insideC4*A(1< 87mpatient9 Pst@333Pst@333 *A)2E(EA2< Be sha## "e more !om(orta"#e? 8He leads the 5oets into inner room.9 F/*0T P1ET< The !a-es@

0EC1(% P1ET< Brin, them a#on,@ 8They o out.9 C4*A(1< 1( 1 !an see the (aintest s ar- o( ho e/ then8Throws door open; bows Be#!ome@ *1:A(E 8,nters, followed by the :uenna who C4*A(1 detains.9 Pardon me- one )ordTHE %2E((A< Ta-e t)o3 C4*A(1< Ha.e you a ,ood di,estionC THE %2E((A< Bonder(u#@ C4*A(1< Good3 Here are t)o sonnets/ "y BeseradeTHE %2E((A< EuhC

C4*A(1< Bhi!h 1 (i## (or you )ith K!#airs3 THE %2E((A< Ooo@ C4*A(1< Do you #i-e !ream- u((sC THE %2E((A< On#y )ith )hi ed !ream3 C4*A(1< Here are three? si%- em"osomed in a oem "y Saint-Amant3 This ode o( Cha e#in #oo-s dee enou,h to ho#d- a De##y ro##3 MDo you #o.e NatureC THE %2E((A< *ad a"out it3 C4*A(1< Then ,o out and eat these in the street3 Do not returnTHE %2E((A< Oh/ "utC4*A(1< 5nti# you (inish them3 Cyrano< 8:own to -oxane9 B#essed a"o.e a## others "e the hour Bhen you remem"ered to remem"er me/ And !ame to te## me?)hatC *o.ane< 8Takes of her mask9 'irst/ #et me than- you "e!ause? that man?that !reature/ )hom your s)ord *ade s ort o( yesterday- His atron/ oneCyrano; De Gui!heC*o.ane< -)ho thin-s himse#( in #o.e )ith me Bou#d ha.e (or!ed that man u on me (or- a hus"andCyrano; 1 understand- so mu!h the "etter then@ 1 (ou,ht/ not (or my nose/ "ut your "ri,ht eyes3 *o.ane< And then2 to te## you- "ut "e(ore 1 !an Te## you- Are you/ 1 )onder/ sti## the same Bi, "rother-a#most-that you used to "e

Bhen )e )ere !hi#dren/ #ayin, "y the ond 1n the o#d ,arden do)n thereCyrano; 1 remem"erE.ery summer you !ame to Ber,era!@? *o.ane< You used to ma-e s)ords out o( "u#rushesCyrano; Your dande#ion-do##s )ith ,o#den hair*o.ane< And those ,reen #umsCyrano; And those "#a!- mu#"erries*o.ane< 1n those days/ you did e.erythin, 1 )ished@ Cyrano; Ro%ane/ in short s-irts/ )as !a##ed *ade#eine3 *o.ane< Bas 1 rettyC Cyrano< Oh- not too #ain@ *o.ane< Sometimes )hen you had hurt your hand you used to !ome Runnin, to me- and 1 )ou#d "e your mother/ And say M Oh/ in a .ery ,ro)n-u .oi!e< 8/he takes his hand9 ENo)/ )hat ha.e you "een doin, to yourse#(C Let me see-E 8/he sees the hand;starts.9 Oh@- Bait- 1 said/ ELet me see@F Sti##- at your a,e@@ Ho) did you do thatC Cyrano; 5ith the "i, "oys/ do)n "y the Porte de Nes#e3 *o.ane< 8/its at a table and wets her handkerchief in lass of water9 Come here to me3 Cyrano< -Su!h a )ise #itt#e mother@ *o.ane< And te## me/ )hi#e 1 )ash this "#ood a)ay/ Ho) many you- #ayed )ithC Cyrano< Oh/ a"out a hundred3 *o.ane< Te## me3 Cyrano< No3 Let me ,o3 Te## me )hat you Bere ,oin, to te## me-i( you daredC *o.ane< 8/till holdin his hand9 1 thin- 1 do dare-no)3 1t seems #i-e #on, a,o

Bhen 1 !ou#d te## you thin,s3 NYes- 1 dare? Listen< 1 #o.e someone3 Cyrano< Ah@? *o.ane< Someone )ho does not -no)3 Cyrano< Ah@? *o.ane< At #east-not yet3 Cyrano< Ah@? *o.ane< But he )i## -no) some day3 Cyrano< Ah@? *o.ane< A "i, "oy )ho #o.es me too/ and is a(raid o( me/ and -ee s a)ay/ and ne.er says one )ord3 Cyrano< Ah@? *o.ane< Let me ha.e your hand a moment- )hy ho) hot it is@1 -no)3 1 see him tryin,? Cyrano< Ah@? *o.ane< There no)@ 1s that "etterC8/he finishes banda in the hand with her handkerchief9 Besides-on#y to thin-8This is a secret.9 He is a so#dier too/ in your o)n re,imentCyrano< Ah@? *o.ane< Yes/ in the Guards/ your !om any too3 Cyrano< Ah@? *o.ane< And su!h a man@- He is roud no"#e youn,-"ra.e-"eauti(u#Cyrano< 8Turns pale* rises.9 Beauti(u#@*o.ane< Bhat=s the matterC Cyrano< 8/milin 9 Nothin,-this-my sore hand@

*o.ane< Be##/ 1 #o.e him/ That is a##3 Oh-and 1 ne.er sa) him any)here3 E%!e t the Comedie3 Cyrano< You ha.e ne.er s o-enC*o.ane< On#y our eyes? Cyrano< Bhy3 Then- Ho) do you -no)C*o.ane< Peo #e ta#- a"out eo #e2 and 1 hear thin,s?and 1 -no)3 Cyrano< You say he is in the Guards< His nameC *o.ane< Baron Christian de Neu.i##ete3 Cyrano< He is not in the Guards3 *o.ane< Yes3 Sin!e this mornin,3 Ca tain Caste#-$a#ou%/ Cyrano< So soon@ So soon )e #ose our hearts@But/ my dear !hi#d/The %uenna< 81pens the door.9 1 ha.e eaten the !a-es/ *onsieur de Ber,era!@ Cyrano< Good@ No) ,o out and read the oetry@ 8The :uenna :isappears9 -But my dear !hi#d@ You/ )ho #o.e on#y )ords/ Bit/ the ,rand manner-Bhy/ (or a## you -no)/ The man may "e a sa.a,e/ or a (oo#3 *o.ane< His !ur#s are #i-e a hero (rom D=5r(e3 Cyrano< His mind may "e as !ur#y as his hair3 *o.ane< Not )ith su!h eyes3 1 read his sou# in them3 Cyrano< Yes/ a## our sou#s are )ritten in our eyes@ But-i( he "e a "un,#erC *o.ane Then 1 sha## dieAThere@ Cyrano 4(fter a pause; And you "rou,ht me here to te## me thisC 1 do not yet +uite understand/ *adame/ the reason (or your !on(iden!e3 *o.ane They say that in your !om anyA1t (ri,htens meAYou are a## Gassons?

Cyrano And )e i!- a +uarre# )ith any (#at-(oot )ho intrudes himse#(3 Bhose "#ood is not ure Gas!on #i-e our o)nC 1s this )hat you ha.e heardC *o.ane 1 am so a(raid (or him@ Cyrano 4Between his teeth; Not )ithout a reason@A *o.ane And 1 thou,ht you? You )ere so "ra.e/ so in.in!i"#e yesterday/ a,ainst a## those "rutes@ A1( you/ )hom they a## (earA Cyrano Oh )e##A1 )i## de(end your #itt#e Baron3 *o.ane Bi## youC $ust (or meC Be!ause 1 ha.e a#)ays "eenAyour (riend@ Cyrano O( !ourse? *o.ane Bi## you "e his (riendC Cyrano 1 )i## "e his (riend3 *o.ane And ne.er #et him (i,ht in a due#C Cyrano NoA ne.er3 *o.ane Oh/ "ut you are a dar#in,@A1 must ,oAyou ne.er to#d me a"out #ast ni,htABhy/ you must ha.e "een a hero@ Ha.e him )rite and te## me a## a"out itA)i## youC Cyrano O( !ourse? *o.ane 4Fisses her hand.; 1 a#)ays did #o.e you@AA hundred men a,ainst oneABe##?3 Adieu3 Be are ,reat (riends/ are )e notC Cyrano

O( !ourse? *o.ane He must )rite to meAA hundredAyou sha## te## me the )ho#e story some day/ )hen 1 ha.e time3 A hundred menA)hat !oura,eA Cyrano 4/alutes as she oes out.; Oh? 1 ha.e done "etter sin!e@ 4The door closes after her. )yrano remains motionless, his eyes on the round. 5ause. The other door opens* -a ueneau puts in his head.; *agueneau *ay 1 !ome inC Cyrano 4=ithout movin ; Yes? 4-a ueneau and his friends re;enter. (t the same time, )arbon :e )astel;Caloux appears at the street door in uniform as )aptain of the 3uards* reco ni!es )yrano with a sweepin esture.; Carbon Here he is@AOur hero@ Cyrano 4-aises his head and salutes.; Our Ca tain@ Carbon Be -no)@ A## our !om any are hereA Cyrano 4-ecoils; NoA Carbon Come@ They are )aitin, (or you3 Cyrano No@ Carbon 4Tries to lead him out.; On#y a!ross the streetACome@ Cyrano P#easeA Carbon 43oes to the door and shouts in a voice of a thunder.;

Our !ham ion re(uses@ He is not (ee#in, )e## to-day@ A voice outside Ah@ Sandious@ 4Noise outside of swords and tramplin feet approachin .; Carbon Here they !ome no)@ The Cadets 4,nterin the shop; *i##e dious@A*ordious@ACa dedious@APo!a dedious@ *agueneau 47n astonishment; Gent#emenAyou are a## Gas!onsC The Cadets A##@ First Cadet 4To )yrano; Bra.o@ Cyrano Baron@ Another Cadet 4Take both his hands.; 0i.at@ Cyrano Baron@ Third Cadet Come to my arms@ Cyrano Baron@ 1thers To mine@ATo mine@A Cyrano Baron?Baron?Ha.e mer!yA *agueneau You are a## Barons tooC The Cadets Are )eC

*agueneau Are theyC ? First Cadet Our !oronets )ou#d star the midni,ht s-y@ +e Bret 4,nters: Hurries to )yrano.; The )ho#e to)n=s #oo-in, (or you@ Ra.in, madAA trium h@ Those )ho sa) the (i,htA Cyrano 1 ho e you ha.e not to#d them )here 1A +e Bret 4-ubbin his hands; Certain#y 1 to#d them@ CitiAen 4,nters, followed by a roup.; Listen@ Shut the door@AHere !omes a## Paris@ 4The street outside fills with a shoutin crowd. )hairs and )arria es stop at the door.; +e Bret 4(side to )yrano, smilin ; And Ro%aneC Cyrano 4Euickly; Hush@ The cro<d 1utside Cyrano@ 4( mob bursts into the shop. /houts, accalamations, eneral disturbance.; *agueneau 4/tandin on a table.; *y sho in.adedAThey=## "rea- e.erythin,AG#orious@

0everal ,en 4)rowdin about )yrano; *y (riend@333*y (riend@333 C4*A(1 Bhy/ yesterday 1 did not ha.e so many (riends@ +E B*ET Su!!ess At #ast@

A ,A*82/0 4-uns to CYRANO with outstretched arms9 *y dearArea##y@A C4*A(1 4Coldly) SoC And ho) #on, Ha.e 1 "een dear to youC A(1THE* ,A*82/0 One momentA ray@ 1 ha.e t)o #adies in my !arria,e here2 Let me resent youA C4*A(1 Certain#y@ And (irst/ Bho )i## resent you/ sir/--to meC +E B*ET 4(stounded9 Bhy/ )hat The De.i#CA C4*A(1 Hush@ A ,A( 1F +ETTE*0 4=ith a portfolio9 *ay 1 ha.e the detai#sC? C4*A(1 You may not3 +E B*ET (5luckin CYRANO=s s#ee.e; Theo hraste Renaudot@AEditor O( the 3a!etteAyour re utation@? C4*A(1 No@ A P1ET 4(dvances9 *onsieurA C4*A(1 Be## THE P1ET Your (u## nameC 1 )i## !om ose a enta!rosti!A

A(1THE* *onsieurA C4*A(1 That )i## do@ 42ovement. The crowd arran es itself. DE G51CHE appears, escorted by C51GY/ BR1SSA1LLE/ and the other officers who were with CYRANO at the close of the +irst (ct9 C2/)4 43oes to CYRANO; *onsieur de Gui!he@A 42urmur. ,veryone moves.9 A messa,e (rom the *arsha# De GassionA %E )2/CHE 4/alutin CYRANO; Bho )ishes to e% ress Throu,h me his admiration3 He has heard O( your a((air THE C*15% Bra.o@ C4*A(1 4Bowin 9 The *arsha# s ea-s As an authority3 %E )2/CHE He said Dust no) The story )ou#d ha.e "een in!redi"#e Bere it not (or the )itnessA C2/)4 O( our eyes@ +E B*ET 4(side to CYRANO; Bhat is itC C4*A(1 H5SH@A +E B*ET Somethin, is )ron, )ith you2 Are you in ainC

C4*A(1 4-ecoverin himself9 1n ainC Be(ore this !ro)d 4His moustache bristles. He throws out his chest.9 1C 1n ainC You sha## see@ %E )2/CHE 4To whom C51GY has been whisperin .9 Your name is -no)n A#ready as a so#dier3 You are one O( those )i#d Gas!ons/ are you notC C4*A(1 The Guards/ Yes3 A Cadet3 A CA%ET 47n a voice of thunder9 One o( ourse#.es@ %E )2/CHE Ah@ SoA Then a## these ,ent#emen )ith the hau,hty air/ These are the (amous CA*B1( Cyrano@ C4*A(1 Ca tainC CA*B1( Our troo "ein, a## resent/ "e so -ind As to resent them to the Comte de Gui!he@ C4*A(1 4=ith a esture presentin the )adents to DE G51CHE/ declaims:9 The Cadets o( Gas!oyneAthe de(endsers O( Car"on de Caste#-$a#ou%< 'ree (i,hters/ (ree #o.ers/ (ree s enders--O The Cadets o( Gas!oyneAthe de(enders O( o#d homes/ o#d names/ and o#d s #endorsA A roud and eti#ent !re)@ The Cadets o( Gas!oyne/ the de(enders O( Car"on de Caste#-$a#ou% Ha)--eyed they stare do)n a## !ontendersA The )o#( "ares his (an,s as they doA *a-e )ay there/ you (at money-#enders@ 4ha)--eyed they stare do)n a## !ontenders; O#d "oots that ha.e "een to the menders/

O#d !#oa-s that are )orn throu,h and throu,hA Ha)--eyed/ they stare do)n a## !ontendersA The )o#( "ares his (an,s as they do@ S-u##-"rea-ers they are/ and s)ord "enders< Red "#ood is their (a.orite "re)2 Hot haters and #oya# "e(rienders/ S-u##-"rea-ers they are/ and s)ord "enders3 Bhere.er a +uarre# en,enders/ They=re ready and )aitin, (or you@ S-u##-"rea-ers they are/ and s)ord "enders2 Red "#ood is their (a.orite "re)@ Beho#d them/ our Gas!on de(enders Bho )in e.ery )oman they )oo@ There=s ne.er a dame "ut surrendersA Beho#d them/ our Gas!on de(enders@ Youn, )i.es )ho are !#e.er retendersA O#d hus"ands )ho house the !u!-ooA Beho#d themAour Gas!on de(enders Bho )in e.ery )oman they )oo@ %E )2/CHE 4.an uidly, sittin in a chair9 Poets are (ashiona"#e/ no)adays To ha.e a"out one3 Bou#d you !are to Doin *y (o##o)in,C C4*A(1 No/ sir3 1 do not (o##o)3 %E )2/CHE Your due# yesterday amused my un!#e The Cardina#3 1 mi,ht he# you there +E B*ET Grand Dieu@ %E )2/CHE 1 su ose you ha.e )ritten a tra,edyA They a## ha.e +E B*ET 4(side to CYRANO; No) at #ast you=## ha.e it #ayedA Your EA,ri ine@F %E )2/CHE Bhy notC Ta-e it to him3

C4*A(1 4Tempted9 Rea##yA %E )2/CHE He is himse#( a dramatist2 Let him re)rite a (e) #ines here and there/ And he=## a ro.e the rest3 CYRANO 8His face falls a ain.9 1m ossi"#e3 *y "#ood !urd#es to thin- o( a#terin, One !omma3 DE G51CHE Ah/ "ut )hen he #i-es a thin, He ays )e##3 CYRANO YesA"ut not so )e## as 1A Bhen 1 ha.e made a #ine that sin,s itse#( So that 1 #o.e the sound o( itA1 ay *yse#( a hundred times3 DE G51CHE You are roud/ my (riend3 CYRANO You ha.e o"ser.ed thatC A CADET 4Enters )ith a dra)n s)ord/ a#on, the )ho#e "#ade o( )hi!h is trans(i%ed a !o##e!tion o( disre uta"#e hats/ their #umes dra,,#ed/ their !ro)ns !ut and torn3; CARBON S oi#s o( the huntA Be## mounted@ THE CROBD Ha-ha-ha@ C51GY Bhoe.er hired Those ras!a#s/ he must "e an an,ry man today@ BR1SSA1LLE Bho )as itF Do you -no)C DE G51CHE

*yse#(@A 8The lau hter ceases.9 1 hired them to do the sort o( )orBe do not soi# our hands )ithA Punishin, a drun-en oet? 86ncomfortable silence9 THE CADET 8To )yrano9 Bhat sha## )e do )ith themC They ou,ht to "e reser.ed "e(ore they s oi#A CYRANO 8Takes the sword, and in the esture of salutin :e 3uiche with it, makes all the mats slide off at his feet.9 Sir/ )i## you not return these to your (riendsC DE G51CHE *y !hairAmy orters hereAimmediate#y@ 8To )yrano, violently9 --As (or your/ sir@A A 0O1CE 87n the street9 The !hair o( *onsie,neur Le Comte de Gui!he@A DE G51CHE 8=ho has recovered his self;control* smilin ; Ha.e you read :on EuixoteC CYRANO 1 ha.eAand (ound myse#( the hero3 A PORTER 8(ppears at the door.9 Chair ready@ DE G51CHE Be so ,ood as to read on!e more The !ha ter o( the )indmi##s3 CYRANO 83ravely9 Cha ter Thirteen3 DE G51CHE Bindmi##s/ remem"er/ i( you (i,ht )ith themA

CYRANO *y enemies !han,e/ then/ )ith e.ery )indC DE G51CHE --*ay s)in, round their hu,e arms and !ast you do)n into the mire3 CYRANO Or u Aamon, the stars@ 8:e 3uiche oes out. =e see him et into the chair. The 1fficers follow murmurin amon themselves. .e Bret oes up with them. The crowd oes out. 9 CYRANO 8/alutin with burles0ue politeness, those who o out without darin to take leave of him.9 Gent#emen?Gent#emen? LE BRET 8(s the door closes, comes down, shakin his clenched hands to heaven.9 You ha.e done it no)A You ha.e made your (urtune@ CYRANO There you ,o a,ain/ ,ro)#in,@A LE BRET At #east this #atest ose o( yoursA Ruinin, e.ery !han!e that !omes your )ayA Be!omes e%a,,eratedA CYRANO 0ery )e##/ Then 1 e%a,,erate@ LE BRET 8Triumphantly9 Oh/ you do@ CYRANO Yes2 On rin!i #e3 There are thin,s in this )or#d A man does )e## to !arry to e%tremes3 LE BRET Sto tryin, to "e Three *us-eteers in one@ 'ortune and ,#oryA CYRANO Bhat )ou#d you ha.e me doC See- (or the atrona,e o( some ,reat man/

And #i-e a !ree in, .ine on a ta## tree Cra)# u )ard/ )here 1 !annot stand a#oneC No than- you@ Dedi!ate/ as others do/ Poems to a)n"ro-ersC Be a "u((oon 1n the .i#e ho e o( teasin, out a smi#e On some !o#d (a!eC No than- you@ Eat a toad 'or "rea-(ast e.ery mornin,C *a-e my -nees Ca##ous/ and !u#ti.ate a su #e s ine/-Bear out my "e##y ,ro.e#in, in the dustC No than- you@ S!rat!h the "a!- o( any s)ine That roots u ,o#d (or meC Ti!-#e the horns O( *ammon )ith my #e(t hand/ )hi#e my ri,ht Too roud to -no) his artner=s "usiness Ta-es in the (eeC No than- you@ 5se the (ire God ,a.e me to "urn in!ense a## day #on, 5nder the nose o( )ood and stoneC No than- you@ Sha## 1 ,o #ea in, into #adies= #a s And #i!-in, (in,ersCPPorPPto !han,e the (ormPP Na.i,atin, )ith madri,a#s (or oars/ *y sai#s (u## o( the si,hs o( do)a,ersC No than- you@ Pu"#ish .erses at my o)n E% enseC No than- you@ Be the atron saint O( a sma## ,rou o( #iterary sou#s Bho dine to,ether e.ery TuesdayC No 1 than- you@ Sha## 1 #a"or ni,ht and day To "ui#d a re utation on one son,/ And ne.er )rite anotherC Sha## 1 (ind True ,enius on#y amon, Geniuses/ Pa# itate o.er #itt#e ara,ra hs/ And stru,,#e to insinuate my name 1n the !o#umns o( the 2ercuryC No than- you@ Ca#!u#ate/ s!heme/ "e a(raid/ Lo.e more to ma-e a .isit than a oem/ See- introdu!tions/ (a.ors/ in(#uen!esCPP No than- you@ No/ 1 than- you@ And a,ain 1 than- you@ABut? To sin,/ to #au,h/ to dream/ To )a#- in my o)n )ay and "e a#one/ 'ree/ )ith an eye to see thin,s as they are/ A .oi!e that means manhoodAto !o!- my hat Bhere 1 !hooseAAt a )ord/ a ?es/ a No/ To (i,htAor )rite3 To tra.e# any road 5nder the sn/ under the stars/ nor dou"t 1( (ame or (ortune #ie "eyond the hourneA Ne.er to ma-e a #ine 1 ha.e not heard 1n my o)n heart2 yet )ith a## modesty To say< E*y shou#d/ "e satis(ied )ith (#o)ers/ Bith (ruit/ )ith )eeds e.en2 "ut ,ather them 1n the one ,arden you may !a## your o)n3F So/ )hen 1 )in some trium h/ "y some !han!e/

Render no share to CaesarAin a )ord/ 1 am too roud to "e a arasite/ And i( my nature )ants the ,erm that ,ro)s To)erin, to hea.en #i-e the mountain ine/ Or #i-e the oa-/ she#terin, mu#titudesA 1 stand/ not hi,h it may "eA"ut a#one@ +E B*ET A#one/ yes@-But )hy stand a,ainst the )or#dC Bhat de.i# has ossessed you no)C To ,o E.ery)here ma-in, yourse#( enemiesC C4*A(1 Bat!hin, you other eo #e ma-in, (riends E.ery)here-as a do, ma-es (riends@ 1 marThe manner o( these !anine !ourtesies And thin-< E*y (riends are o( a !#eaner "reed2 Here !omes-than- God@-another enemy@F +E B*ET But this is madness@ C4*A(1 *ethod/ #et us say 1t is my #easure to dis #ease3 1 #o.e Hatred3 1ma,ine ho) it (ee#s to (a!e The .o##ey o( a thousand an,ry eyesThe "i#e o( en.y and the (roth o( (ear S atterin, #itt#e dro s a"out me-YouGood nature a## around you/ so(t and )armYou are #i-e those 1ta#ians/ in ,reat !o)#s Com(orta"#e and #oose- Your !hin sin-s do)n 1nto the (o#ds/ your shou#ders droo 3 But 1The S anish ru(( 1 )ear around my throat 1s #i-e a rin, o( enemies2 hard/ roud/ Ea!h oint another ride/ another thornSo that 1 ho#d myse#( ere!t er(or!e Bearin, the hatred o( the !ommon herd Hau,hti#y/ the harsh !o##ar o( O#d S ain/ At on!e a (etter and-a ha#o@ +E B*ET Yes? 4(fter a silence, draws )yrano#s arm throu h his own9 Te## this to a## the )or#d- And then to me Say .ery so(t#y that?She #o.es you not C4*A(1

8EuicklyB9 Hush@ 8( moment since, )H-7/T7(N has entered and min led with the )adets, who do not offer to speak to him. +inally, he sits down alone at a small table, where he is served by .7/,9

A CA%ET 8-ises from a table up sta e, his lass in his hand.9 Cyrano@- Your story@ C4*A(1 Present#y? 8He oes up, on the arm of ., B-,T, talkin to him. The )adet comes down sta e.9 THE CA%ET The story o( the !om"at@ An e%am #e 'or8He stops by the table where )H-7/T7(N is sittin .9 -this your tad o#e here3 CH*/0T/A( Tad o#eC A(1THE* CA%ET Yes/ you@You narro)-,utted Northerner@ CH*/0T/A( SirC F/*0T CA%ET Har- ye/ *onsieur de Neu.i##ette< You are to -no) There is a !ertain su"De!t- 1 )ou#d say/ A !ertain o"De!t- ne.er to "e named Amon, us< 5tter#y unmentiona"#e@ CH*/0T/A( And that isC TH/*% CA%ET 87n an awful voice9 Loo- at me@333 8He strikes his nose three times with his fin er, mysteriously.9 You understandC CH*/0T/A( Bhy/ yes2 the-

F12*TH CA%ET Sh@333 Be ne.er s ea- that )ord8indicatin to )?-?(N1 by a esture9 To "reathe it is to ha.e to do )ith H1*@ F/FTH CA%ET 8/peaks throu h his nose.9 He has e%terminated se.era# Bhose tone o( .oi!e su,,ested? 0/:TH CA%ET 87n a hollow tone* risin from under the table on all fours.9 Bou#d you die Be(ore your timeC $ust mention anythin, Con.e%?or a !arti#a,inous? 0EVE(TH CA%ET 8His hand on )H-7/T7(N#/ shoulder9 One )ordOne sy##a"#e-one ,esture-nay/ one sneezeYour hand-er!hie( "e!omes your )indin,-sheet@ 8/ilence. 7n a circle around )H-7/T7(N, arms crossed, they re ard him expectantly9 CH*/0T/A( 8-ises and oes to )(-B1N, who is conversin with an officer, and pretendin not to see what is tak; in place.9 Ca tain@ CA*B1( 8Turns, and looks him over.9 SirC CH*/0T/A( Bhat is the ro er thin, to do Bhen Gas!ons ,ro) too "oast(u#C CA*B1( Pro.e to them That one may "e a Norman/ and ha.e !oura,e3 8turns his back.9 CH*/0T/A( 1 than- you3 F/*0T CA%ET 8to )?-(N19 Come-the story@

A++ The story@ C4*A(1 8)ome down.9 Oh/ *y storyC Be##? 8They all draw up their stools and roup themselves around him, ea erly. )H-7/T7(N places himself astride of a chair, his arms on the back of it.9 1 mar!hed on/ a## a#one To meet those de.i#s3 O.erhead/ the moon Hun, #i-e a ,o#d )at!h at the (o" o( hea.en/ Ti## sudden#y some An,e# ru""ed a !#oud/ As it mi,ht "e his hand-er!hie(/ a!ross The shinin, !rysta#/ and-the ni,ht !ame do)n3 No #am s in those "a!- streets- 1t )as so dar-*ordious@ You !ou#d not see "eyondCH*/0T/A( Your nose3 8/ilence, ,very man slowly rises to his fee. They look at )?-(N1 almost with terror. He has stopped short, utterly astonished. 5ause.9 C4*A(1 Bho is that man thereC A CA%ET 87n a low voice9 A re!ruit-arri.ed This mornin,3 C4*A(1 8Takes a step toward )H-7/T7(N A re!ruitCA*B1( 87n a low voice9 His name is Christian De Neu.i#C4*A(1 8/uddenly motionless9 Oh? 8He truns pale, flushes, makes a movement as if to throw himself upon )H-7/T7(N.9 18)ontrols himself, and oes on in a chokin voice.9 1 see3 0ery )e##/ As 1 )as sayin,-

8=ith sudden burst of ra e9 *ordious@333 8He oes on in a natural tone.9 1t ,re) dar-/ You !ou#d not see your hand "e(ore your eyes3 1 mar!hed on/ thin-in, ho)/ a## (or the sa-e O( one o#d souse 8They slowly sit down, watchin him.9 )ho )rote a "a)dy son, Bhene.er he too--

CH*/0T/A( A nose(u#8 ,veryone rises. CHR1ST1AN balances himself on two le s of his chair.9
CYRANO

8Half stran led9 --Too- a notion3Bhene.er he too- a notionA 'or his sa-e/ 1 mi,ht anta,onize some dan,erous man/ one o)er(u# enou,h to ma-e me ayA
CHR1ST1AN

Throu,h the noseA
CYRANO

8=ipes the sweat from his forehead.9 --Pay the Pi er3 A(ter a##/ 1 thou,h/ )hy am 1 uttin, in my-CHR1ST1AN

NoseA
CYRANO

--*y oar 3 3 3 Bhy am 1 uttin, in my oarC The +uarre#=s none o( mine3 Ho)e.erAno) 1 am here/ 1 may as )e## ,o throu,h )ith it3 Come Gas!onAdo your duty@ASudden#y a s)ord (#ashed in the dar-3 1 !au,ht it (airA
CHR1ST1AN

On the noseA
CYRANO

On my "#ade3 Be(ore 1 -ne) it/ there 1 )asA
CHR1ST1AN

Ru""in, nosesA
CYRANO

85ale and smilin 9 Crossin, s)ords )ith ha#( a s!ore at on!e3 1 handed oneA
CHR1ST1AN

A nose,ayA

CYRANO

8.eapin at him9 0entre-Saint-Gris@ 3 3 3 8The 3ascons tumble over each other to et a ood view. (rrived in front of CHR1ST1AN/ who has not moved an inch, CYRANO masters himself a ain, and continues.9 He )ent do)n2 the rest ,a.e )ay2 1 !har,edA
CHR1ST1AN

Nose in the airA
CYRANO

1 s-e)ered t)o o( themAdisarmed a thirdAanother #un,edA Pa(@ And 1 !ounteredA
CHR1ST1AN

Pi(@
CYRANO

8Bellowin 9 TONNERE@ Out o( here@AA## o( you@ 8(ll of the )adets rush for the door.9
'1RST CADET

At #astAthe o#d #ion )a-es@
CYRANO

A## o( you@ Lea.e me here a#one )ith that man@ 8The lines followin are heard brokenly in the confusion of ettin throu h the door.9
SECOND CADET

Bi,re@ He=## ha.e the (e##o) !ho
RAG5ENEA5

ed into sausa,eA

Sausa,eCA
TH1RD CADET

*in!e-meat/ thenAone o( your ies@A
RAG5ENEA5

Am 1 a#eC You #oo- )hite as a (resh na -inA
CARBON

8(t the door9 Come@
'O5RTH CADET

He=## ne.er #ea.e enou,h o( him toA
'1'TH CADET

Bhy it (ri,htens *E to thin- o( )hat )i##A
S1LTH CADET

8)losin the door9 Somethin, horri"#e "eyond ima,ination3 3 3 8They are all one: some throu h the street door, some by the inner doors to ri ht and left. ( few disappear up the staircase. CYRANO and CHR1ST1AN stand face to face a moment, and look at each other.9
CYRANO

To my arms@
CHR1ST1AN

SirC 3 3 3
CYRANO

You ha.e !oura,e@
CHR1ST1AN

Oh/ that@ 3 3 3
CYRANO

You are "ra.eAthat #eases me3
CHR1ST1AN

You meanC 3 3 3
CYRANO

Do you not -no) 1 am her "rotherC Come@
CHR1ST1AN

BhoseC
CYRANO

HersARo%ane@
CHR1ST1AN

Her3 3 3 "rotherC YouC 8Hurries to him.9
CYRANO

Her !ousin3 *u!h the same3
CHR1ST1AN

And she has to#d youC 3 3 3
CYRANO

E.erythin,3
CHR1ST1AN

She #o.es meC
CYRANO

Perha s3
CHR1ST1AN

8Takes both his hands.9 *y dear sirAmore than 1 !an say/ 1 am honoredA
CYRANO

This is rather sudden3
CHR1ST1AN

P#ease (or,i.e meA
CYRANO

Holds him at arm#s len th, lookin at him.9 Bhy he is a handsome de.i#3 This (e##o)@
CHR1ST1AN

On my honorAi( you -ne) ho) mu!h 1 ha.e admiredA
CYRANO

Yes/ yesAand a## those Noses )hi!hA
CHR1ST1AN

P#ease@ 1 a o#o,ize3
CYRANO

8)han e of tone9 Ro%ane e% e!ts a #etterA
CHR1ST1AN

Not (rom meCA
CYRANO

Yes3 Bhy notC
CHR1ST1AN

On!e 1 )rite/ that ruins a##@
CYRANO

And )hyC
CHR1ST1AN

Be!ause 3 3 3"e!ause 1 am a (oo#@ Stu id enou,h to han, myse#(@
CYRANO

But noAYou are no (oo#2 you !a## yourse#( a (oo#/ there=s roo( enou,h in that3 Besides/ you did not atta!- me #i-e a (oo#3
CHR1ST1AN

Bah@ Any one !an i!- a +uarre#3 Yes/ 1 ha.e a sort o( rou,h and ready so#dier=s ton,ue3 1 -no) that3 But )ith any )omanA ara#yzed/ s ee!h#ess/ dum"3 1 !an on#y #oo- at them3 Yet sometimes/ )hen 1 ,o a)ay/ their eyes3 3 3
CYRANO

Bhy not their hearts/ i( you shou#d )ait and seeC
CHR1ST1AN

No3 1 am one o( thoseA1 -no)Athose men )ho ne.er !an ma-e #o.e3
CYRANO

Stran,e3 3 3 3No) it seems 1/ i( 1 ,a.e my mind to it/ 1 mi,ht erha s ma-e #o.e )e##3 Christian< Oh/ i( 1 had )ords to say )hat 1 ha.e here@ Cyrano< 1( 1 !ou#d "e a handsome #itt#e mus-eteer )ith the eyes@Christian< Besides- you -no) Ro%ane- ho) sensiti.e- one rou,h )ord/ and the s)eet i##usion-,one@ Cyrano< 1 )ish you mi,ht "e my inter reter3 Christian< 1 )ish 1 had your )itCyrano< Borro) it/ then@ - Your "eauti(u# manhood#end me that/ and )e t)o ma-e one hero o( roman!e@ Christian< BhatC Cyrano< Bou#d you dare re eat to her the )ords 1 ,a.e you/ day "y dayC Christian< You meanC Cyrano< 1 mean Ro%ane sha## ha.e no disi##usionment@ Come/ sha## )e )in her "oth to,etherC Ta-e the sou# )ithin this #eathern Da!- o( mine/ and "reath in into youC 8Touches him on the breast.9 So- there=s my heart under your .e#.et/ no)@ Christian< But- Cyrano@-

Cyrano< But- Christian/ )hy notC Christian< 1 am a(raidCyrano< 1 -no)- a(raid that )hen you ha.e her a## a#one/ you #ose a##3 Ha.e no (ear3 1t is yourse#( she #o.es- ,i.e her yourse#( ut into )ords- my )ords/ u on your #i s@ Christian< But? "ut your eyes@333 they "urn #i-eCyrano< Bi## youC333 Bi## youC Christian< Does it mean so mu!h to youC Cyrano< 8beside himself9 1t means8-ecovers, chan es tone.9 A !omedy/ a situation (or a oet@ Come3 Sha## )e !o##a"orateC 1=## "e your !#oa- o( dar-ness your en!hanted s)ord/ your rin, to !harm the (airy rin!ess@ Christian< But the #etter- 1 !annot )riteCyrano< Oh yes/ the #etter3 8He takes form his pocket the letter which he has written.9 Here3 Christian< Bhat is itC Cyrano< A## there2 a## "ut the address3 Christian< 1Cyrano< Oh/ you may send it3 1t )i## ser.e3 Christian< But )hy ha.e you done thisC Cyrano<

1 ha.e amused myse#( as )e a## do/ )e oets- )ritin, .o)s to Ch#oris/ Phy##is- any retty name- you mi,ht ha.e had a o!-et(u# o( them@ Ta-e it/ and turn to (a!ts my (antasies- 1 #oosed theses #o.es #i-e do.es into the air2 ,i.e them a ha"itation and a home3 Here ta-e it- you )i## (ind me a## the more e#o+uent/ "ein, insin!ere@ Come@ Christian< 'irst/ there must "e a (e) !han,es here and there- Britten at random/ !an it (it Ro%aneCCyrano< Li-e her o)n ,#o.e3 Christian< No/ "utCyrano< *y son/ ha.e (aith- 'aith in the #o.e o( )omen (or themse#.esRo%ane )i## -no) this #etter (or her o)n@ Christian< 8Throws himself into the arms of )yrano. They stand embraced.9 *y (riend@ 8The door upsta e opens a little. ( cadet steals in.9 The Cadet< Nothin,3 A si#en!e #i-e the tom"? 1 hard#y dare #oo-8He sees the two.9 Bha-atC 8The other )adets crowd in behind him to see.9 The Cadets< No@ - No@ 0econd Cadet< *on dieu@ The ,usketeer< 8/laps his knee.9 Be##/ )e##/ )e##@ Carbon< Here=s our de.i#? Christianized@ O((end one nostri#/ and he "urns the other3 The ,usketeer< No) )e are a##o)ed to ta#- a"out his nose@ 8)alls9 Hey/ Lise@ Come here8(ffectedly9 Sn(@ Bhat a horrid sme##@ Bhat is itC333 85lants himself in front of )yrano, and looks at his nose in an impolite manner.9 You ou,ht to -no) a"out su!h thin,s2 )hat seems to ha.e died around hereC

Cyrano< 8Fnocks him back over a bench.9 Ca""a,e-heads@ 8Coy. The )adets have found their old )yrano a ain. 3eneral disturbance.9 8)urtain9

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ROLANE=S >1SS ? Her Ba#!ony

( little s0uare in the old 2arais: old houses, and a limpse of narrow streets. 1n the -i ht, THE HO5SE O' ROLANE and her arden wall, overhun with tall shrubbery. 1ver the door of the house a balcony and a tall window* to one side of the door, a bench. 7vy clin s to the wall* 4asmine embraces the balcony, trembles, and falls away. By the bench and the 4uttin stonework of the wall one mi ht easily climb up to the balcony. 1pposite, an ancient house of the like character, brick and stone, whose front door forms an ,ntrance. The knocker on this door is tied up in linen like an in4ured thumb. (t the C5TRA1N R1SE the :uenna is seated on the bench beside the door. The window is wide open on ROLANE=S balcony* a li ht within su ests that it is early evenin . By the :uenna stands RAG5ENEA5 dressed in what mi ht be the livery of one attached to the household. He is by way of tellin her somethin , and wipin his eyes meanwhile. *A)2E(EA2 AAnd so she ran o(( )ith a *us-eteer@ 1 )as ruinedA1 )as a#oneARemained Nothin, (or me to do "ut han, myse#(/ So 1 did that3 Present#y a#on, !omes *onsieur de Ber,era!/ and !uts me do)n/ And ma-es me ste)ard to his !ousin3 THE DUENNA RuinedC 1 thou,ht your astry )as a ,reat su!!ess@
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4/hakes his head.; Lise #o.ed the so#diers/ and 1 #o.ed the oetsA *ars ate u a## the !a-es A o##o #e(t2 1t did not ta-e #on,? THE DUENNA 4)alls up to window.9 Ro%ane@ Are you readyC Be are #ate@ VOICE OF ROXANE 4=ithin9

Puttin, on my !a eA THE DUENNA 4To -a ueneau, indicatin the house opposite9 C#omire A!ross the )ay re!ei.es on Thursday ni,htsA Be are to ha.e a sy!ho-!o##o+uy 5 on the Tender Passion
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AhAthe Tender? THE DUENNA 4/i hs9 APassion@? 4)alls up to window.; Ro%ane@ AHurry dearA)e sha## miss The Tender Passion@ ROXANE Comin,@ A 42usic of strin ed instruments off;sta e approachin .; THE VOICE OF CYRANO 4/in in ; La/ #a/ #a@ A THE DUENNA A serenadeC AHo) #easantA

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No/ no/ no@ ' natura#/ you natura# "orn (oo#@ 4,nters, followed by two pa es, carryin theobos.; FIRST PAGE 47ronically; No dou"t your honor -no)s ' natura# Bhen he hearsA
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1 am a musi!ian/ in(ant@ A u i# o( Gassendi3 THE PAGE 85lays and sin s.9 La/ #a/ A CYRANO HereA Gi.e me thatA

4He snatches the instrument from the 5a e and continues the tune.9 La/ #a/ #aA ROXANE 4(ppears on the balcony.9 1s that you/ CyranoC CYRANO 4/in in 9 1/ )ho raise your #i#ies/ (air/ But #on, to #o.e your ro?ses@ ROXANE 1=## "e do)nA BaitA 43oes in throu h window.9 THE DUENNA Did you train these .irtuosiC CYRANO NoA 1 )on them on a "et (rom D=Assou!y3 Be )ere de"atin, a (ind oint o( ,rammar Bhen/ ointin, out these t)o youn, ni,htin,a#es Dressed u #i-e ea!o!-s/ )ith their instruments/ He !ries< ENo/ "ut 1 >NOB@ 1=## )a,er you A day o( musi!3F )e##/ o( !ourse he #ost2 And so unti# to-morro) they are mind/ *y ri.ate or!hestra3 P#easant at (irst/ But they "e!ome a tri(#eA 4To the 5a es9 Here@ Go #ay a minuet to *ont(#euryAand te## him 1 sent you@ 4The 5a es o up to the exit. )yrano turns to the :uenna9 1 !ame here as usua# to in+uire a(ter our (riendA 4To 5a es9 P#ay out o( tune3 And -ee on #ayin,@ 8The 5a es o out. He turns to the :uenna9 Our (riend )ith the ,reat sou#3 ROXANE 4,nters in time to hear the last words.9 He is "eauti(u# and "ri##iantAand 1 #o.e him@ CYRANO Do you (ind Christian?inte##e!tua#C ROXANE *ore so than you/ e.en3

CYRANO 1 am ,#ad3 ROXANE No man e.er so "eauti(u##y said those thin,sA Those retty nothin,s that are e.erythin,3 Sometimes he (a##s into a re.erie2 His ins iration (ai#sAthen a## at on!e/ He )i## say somethin, a"so#ute#y?Oh@? CYRANO Rea##y@ ROXANE Ho) #i-e a man@ You thin- a man )ho has a handsome (a!e must "e a (oo#3 CYRANO He ta#-s )e## a"out?matters o( the heartC ROXANE He does not talk2 he rha sodizes?dreams? CYRANO 4Twistin his moustache9 He?)rites )e##C ROXANE Bonder(u##y3 Listen no)< 4-ecitin as from memory.9 ETa-e my heart2 1 sha## ha.e it a## the more2 P#u!-in, the (#o)ers/ )e -ee the #ant in "#oomAF Be##C CYRANO Pooh@ ROXANE And this< E>no)in, you ha.e in store *ore heart to ,i.e than 1 (ind heart-roomAF CYRANO 'irst he has too mu!h/ then too #itt#e2 Dust Ho) mu!h heart does he needC ROLANE 8Tappin her foot.9 You are teasin, me@ You are Dea#ous@ CYRANO

8/tartled9 $ea#ousC ROLANE O( his oetryA You oets are #i-e that? And these #ast #ines Are they not the #ast )ord in tendernessCA EThere is no more to say< on#y "e#ie.e That unto you my )ho#e heart ,i.es one !ry/ And )ritin,/ )rites do)n more than you re!ei.e2 Sendin, you -isses throu,h my (in,er-ti sA Lady/ O read my #etter )ith your #i s@F CYRANO H=m/ yesA those #ast #ines?"ut he o.er)rites@ ROLANE Listen to thisA CYRANO You -no) them a## "y heartC ROLANE E.ery one@ CYRANO 8Twistin his moustache.9 1 may !a## that (#atterin,? ROLANE He is a master@ CYRANO OhA!ome@ ROLANE YesAa master@ CYRANO 8Bowin 9 A masterAi( you )i##@ THE D5ENNA 8)omes downsta e 0uickly.9 *onsieur de Gui!he@A 8To )yrano, pushin him toward the house.9 Go insideA i( he does not (ind you here/ 1t may "e Dust as )e##3 He may sus e!tA ROLANE

A*y se!ret@ Yes2 he is in #o.e )ith me And he is o)er(u#3 Let him not -no)A One #oo- )ou#d (rost my roses "e(ore "#oom3 CYRANO 83oin into the house9 0ery )e##/ .ery )e##@ ROLANE 8To :e 3uiche, as he enters9 Be )ere Dust ,oin,A DE G51CHE 1 !ame on#y to say (are)e##3 ROLANE You #ea.e ParisC DE G51CHE YesA(or the (ront3 ROLANE Ah@ DE G51CHE And toni,ht@ ROLANE Ah@ DE G51CHE Be ha.e orders to "esie,e Arras3 ROLANE ArrasC

DE G51CHE Yes3 *y de arture #ea.es you?!o#dC ROLANE 85olitely9 Oh@ Not that3 DE G51CHE 1t has #e(t me deso#ateA Bhen sha## 1 see youC E.erC Did you -no) 1 )as made Co#one#C ROLANE

87ndifferent9 Bra.o3 DE G51CHE Re,iment O( the Guards3 ROLANE 8)atchin her breath9 O( the GuardsC DE G51CHE His re,iment Your !ousin/ the mi,ht man o( )ords@A 83rimly9 Do)n there Be may ha.e an a!!ountin,@ ROLANE 8/uffocatin 9 Are you sure The Guards are orderedC DE G51CHE 5nder my !ommand@ ROLANE 8/inks down, breathless, on the bench* aside<9 Christian@A DE G51CHE Bhat is itC ROLANE 8.osin control of herself.9 To the )arA erha s Ne.er a,ain toABhen a )oman !ares/ 1s that nothin,C DE G51CHE 8/urprised and deli hted.9 You say this no)Ato meA No)/ at the .ery momentCA ROLANE 8-ecoversAchan es her tone.9 Te## me somethin,< *y !ousinAYou say you mean to "e re.en,ed On him3 Do you mean thatC DE G51CHE

8/miles9 BhyC Bou#d you !areC ROLANE Not (or him3 DE G51CHE Do you see himC ROLANE NOB AND THEN3 DE G51CHE He ,oes a"out e.ery)here no)adays Bith one o( the CadetsAde Neu.eANeu.i##eA Neu.i##ersA ROLANE 8)oolly9 A ta## manC DE G51CHE B#ondA ROLANE Rosy !hee-sCA DE G51CHE Handsome@A ROLANE Pooh@A DE G51CHE And a (oo#3 ROLANE 8.an uidly9 So he a ears? 8(nimated9 But CyranoC Bhat )i## you do to himC Order him into dan,erC He #o.es that@ 1 -no) )hat 7 shou#d do3 DE G51CHE BhatC ROLANE Lea.e him here Bith his Cadets/ )hi#e a## the re,iment

Goes on to ,#ory@ That )ou#d torture himA To sit a## throu,h the )ar )ith (o#ded armsA 1 -no) his nature3 1( you hate that man/ Stri-e at his se#(-esteem3 DE G51CHE Oh )omanA)oman@ Bho "ut a )oman )ou#d ha.e thou,ht o( thisC ROLANE He=## eat his heart out/ )hi#e his Gas!on (riends Bite their nai#s a## day #on, in Paris here3 And you )i## "e a.en,ed@ DE G51CHE You #o.e me then/ A #itt#eC ? 8/he smiles9 *a-in, my enemies your o)n/ Hatin, themA1 shou#d #i-e to see in that A si,n o( #o.e/ Ro%ane3 ROLANE Perha s it is one? DE G51CHE 8/hows a number of folded dispatches.9 Here are the orders M (or ea!h !om any M ready to send? 8/elects one.9 So M This is (or the GuardsA1=## -ee that3 Aha/ Cyrano@ 8To -1G(N,9 You too/ you #ay your #itt#e ,ames/ do youC *1:A(E 8=atchin him.9 Sometimes? %E )2/CHE 8)lose to her, speakin hurriedly.9 And you@ -Oh/ 1 am mad o.er you@ ListenA1 #ea.e to-ni,ht/ - "utA#et you throu,h my hands no)/ )hen 1 (ee# you trem"#in,C M ListenAC#ose "y/ in the Rue d=Or#eans/ the Ca u!hins ha.e their ne) !on.ent3 By their #a)/ no #ayman may ass inside those )a##s3 1=## see to thatA Their s#ee.es are )ide enou,h to !o.er meAthe ser.ants o( my 5n!#eMCardina# )i## (ear his ne he)3 SoA1=## !ome to you mas-ed/ a(ter e.eryone -no)s 1 ha.e ,oneAoh/ #et me )ait one day@ M *1:A(E 1( this "e -no)n/ your honor-

%E )2/CHE Bah@ *1:A(E The )arAyour duty

%E )2/CHE 8Blows away an ima inary feather.9 Phoo@ On#y say yes@ *1:A(E No@ %E )2/CHE Bhis er? *1:A(E 8Tenderly9 1 ou,ht not to #et you? %E )2/CHE (hB < *1:A(E 85retends to break down.9 Ah/ ,o@ 8(side9 AChristian remainsA 8(loudAheroically9 1 must ha.e you a heroAAntoine? %E )2/CHE Hea.en@ ? So you !an #o.eM *1:A(E One (or )hose sa-e 1 (ear3 %E )2/CHE 8Triumphant9 1 ,o@ Bi## that !ontent youC 8Fisses her hand.9 *1:A(E ?esAmy friendB 8He oes out.9 THE %2E((A 8(s :, 367)H, disappears, makin a deep curtsey behind his back, and imitation -1G(N,#/ intense tone.9

YesAmy (riend@ *1:A(E 8Euickly, close to her.9 Not a )ord to CyranoAHe )ou#d ne.er (or,i.e me i( he -ne) 1 sto#e his )ar@ 8/he calls toward the house.9 Cousin@ 8)?-(N1 comes out of the house* she turns to him, indication the house opposite.9 Be are ,oin, o.erAA#!andre s ea-s to-ni,htAand Lysimon3 THE %2E((A 85uts fin er in her ear.9 *y #itt#e (in,er says )e sha## not hear e.erythin,3 C4*A(1 Ne.er mind meTHE %2E((A 8(cross the street9 Loo-Aoh/ #oo-@ The -no!-er tied u in a na -inAyes/ they muzz#ed you "e!ause you "ar- too #oud and interru t the #e!tureA#itt#e "east@ *1:A(E 8(s the door opens9 Enter? 8To )?-(N19 1( Christian !omes/ te## him to )ait3 C4*A(1 Oh8-1G(N, returns.9 Bhen he !omes/ )hat )i## you ta#- a"outC You a#)ays -no) "e(orehand3 *1:A(E A"out? C4*A(1 Be##C *1:A(E You )i## not te## him/ )i## youC C4*A(1 1 am dum"3 *1:A(E A"out nothin,@ Or a"out e.erythin,A1 sha## say< ES ea- o( #o.e in your o)n )ordsA im ro.ise@ Rha sodize@ Be e#o+uent@F

C4*A(1 8/milin 9 3oodB ROXANE /hB ; C4*A(1 /hB ; ROXANE Not a wordB 8/he oes in* the door closes.9 C4*A(1 8Bowin 9 Than- you so mu!hROLANE 81pens door and puts out her head.9 He must "e un re aredCYRANO O( !ourse@ ROLANE Sh@83oes in a ain9 CYRANO 8)alls9 Christian@ 8)hristian enters9 1 ha.e your theme-"rin, on your memory@Here is your !han!e no) to sur ass yourse#(/ no time to #ose-!ome@ Loo- inte##i,ent--!ome home and #earn your #ines3 CHR1ST1AN No3 CYRANO BhatC CHR1ST1AN 1=## )ait here (or Ro%ane3 CYRANO Bhat #una!y is thisC Come +ui!-#y@ CHR1ST1AN

No/ 1 say@ 1 ha.e had enou,h-ta-in, my )ords/ my #etters/ a## (rom you-*a-in, our #o.e a #itt#e !omedy@ 1t )as ,ame at (irst2 "ut no)-she !ares?Than-s to you3 1 am not a(raid3 1=## s ea- (or myse#( no)3 CYRANO 5ndou"ted#y@ CHR1ST1AN 1 )i##@ Bhy notC 1 am no su!h (oo#-you sha## see@ Besides-my dear (riend-you ha.e tau,ht me mu!h3 1 ou,ht to -no) somethin,?By God/ 1 -no) enou,h to ta-e a )oman in my arms@ 8-oxane appears in the doorway, opposite.9 There she is no)?Cyrano/ )ait@ Stay here@ CYRANO 8Bows9 S ea- (or yourse#( my (riend@ 4He oes out.9 ROLANE 8Takin leave of the company.9 -Carthenoide@ A#!andre@333Gremione@333 THE D5ENNA 1 to#d you so-)e missed the tender assion@ 8/he oes into -oxane#s house.9 ROLANE 5rimedonte@-adieu@ 8(s the uest disappear down the street, she turns to )hristian.9 1s that you/ ChristianC Let us stay here/ in the t)i#i,ht3 They are ,one3 The air is (ra,rant3 Be sha## "e a#one3 Sit do)n there Mso? 8They sit on the bench.9 No) te## me thin,s3 CHR1ST1AN 8(fter a silence9 1 #o.e you3 ROLANE 8)loses her eyes.9 Yes/ s ea- to me a"out #o.e? CHR1ST1AN 1 #o.e you3 ROLANE No) "e e#o+uent@333 CHR1ST1AN 1 #o.e-

ROLANE 81pens her eyes.9 You ha.e your theme-1m ro.ise@ Rha sodize@ CHR1ST1AN 1 #o.e you so@ ROLANE O( !ourse3 And thenC333 CHR1ST1AN And then?Oh/ 1 shou#d "e So ha y i( you #o.ed me too@ Ro%ane/ Say that you #o.e me too@ ROLANE 82akin a face.9 1 as- (or !ream you ,i.e me mi#d and )ater3 Te## me (irst a #itt#e/ ho) you #o.e me3 CHR1ST1AN 0ery mu!h3 ROLANE Oh-te## me ho) you (ee#@ CHR1ST1AN 8)omin nearer, and devourin her with his eyes.9 Your throat?1( on#y 1 mi,ht?>iss itROLANE Christian@ CHR1ST1AN 1 #o.e you so@ ROLANE 82akes as if to rise.9 A,ainC CHR1ST1AN 8:esperately, restrainin here.9 No/ not a,ain-1 do not #o.e youROLANE 8/,TT.,/ B()F9 That is "etter? CHR1ST1AN 1 adore you@

ROLANE Oh@8-ises and moves away9 CHR1ST1AN 1 -no)2 1 ,ro) a"surd3 ROLANE 8)oldly9 And that dis #eases me as mu!h as i( you had ,ro)n u,#y3 CHR1ST1AN 1ROLANE Gather your dreams to,ether into )ords@ CHR1ST1AN 1 #o.eROLANE 1 -no)2 you #o.e me3 Adieu3 8/he oes to the house.9 CHR1ST1AN No/ "ut )ait- #ease-#et me-1 )as ,oin, to sayROLANE 85ushes the door open.9 That you adore me3 Yes2 1 -no) that too3 No@333Go a)ay@333 8she oes in and shuts the door in his face9 CHR1ST1AN He# me@ CYRANO Not 13 CHR1ST1AN 8)atches him by the arm.9 -Bait@-#oo-@ 5 there@-+ui!-8The li ht shows in -oxane#s window.9 CYRANO Her )indo)CHR1ST1AN 8=ailin 9 1 sha## die@CYRANO

Less noise@ CHR1ST1AN Oh/ 1CYRANO 1t does seem (air#y dar-CHR1ST1AN 8,xcitedly9 Be##C-Be##C-Be##CCYRANO Let us try )hat !an "e done2 it is more than you deser.e-stand o.er there/ 1diot-there@"e(ore the "a#!ony-#et me stand underneath3 1=## )his er you )hat to say3 CHR1ST1AN She may hear-she mayCYRANO Less noise@ 8The pa es appear upsta e.9 '1RST PAGE He# @CYRANO 8+in er to lips9 Sh@'1RST PAGE 8.ow voice9 Be serenaded *ont(#eury@-Bhat ne%tC CYRANO Do)n to the !orner o( the street-one this )ay Mand the other o.er there-i( any"ody asses/ #ay a tune@ PAGE Bhat tune/ O musi!a# hi#oso herC CYRANO Sad (or a man/ or merry (or a )oman-No) ,o@ 8The pa es disappear, one toward each corner of the street.9 CYRANO 8To )hristian9 Ca## her@ CHR1ST1AN Ro%ane@

CYRANO Bait? 83athers up a handful of pebbles.9 Gra.e#? 8Throws it at the window9 There@*1:A(E; 81pens the window.9 Bho is !a##in,C CH*/0T/A(; 1*1:A(E; BhoC CH*/0T/A(; Christian3 *1:A(E; You a,ainC CH*/0T/A(; 1 had to te## youC4*A(1; 86nder the balcony9 Good- >ee your .oi!e do)n3 *1:A(E; No3 Go a)ay3 You te## me nothin,3 CH*/0T/A(; P#ease@*1:A(E; You do not #o.e me any moreCH*/0T/A(; 8To whom CYRANO whispers his words9 No- noNot any more- 1 #o.e you333 e.ermore333 And e.er333 more and more@ *1:A(E; 8(bout to close the window; pauses.9 A #itt#e "etter333 CH*/0T/A(;

8/ame business9 Lo.e ,ro)s and stru,,#es #i-e333 an an,ry !hi#d333 Brea-in, my heart333 his !rad#e333 *1:A(E; 8)omin out on the balcony.9 Better sti##But333 su!h a "a"e is dan,erous2 )hy not Ha.e smothered it ne)-"ornC CH*/0T/A(; 8/ame business9 And so 1 do333 And yet he #i.es333 1 (ound333 as you sha## (ind333 This ne)-"orn "a"e333 an in(ant333 Her!u#es@ *1:A(E; 8+urther forward9 Good@CH*/0T/A(; 8/ame business9 Stron, enou,h333 at "irth333 to stran,#e those T)o ser ents- Dou"t and333 Pride3 *1:A(E; 8.eans over balcony.9 Bhy/ .ery )e##@ Te## me no) )hy you s ea- so ha#tin,#yHas your ima,ination ,one #ameC C4*A(1; 8Thrusts CHRISTIAN under the balcony, and stands in his place.9 HereThis ,ro)s too di((i!u#t@ *1:A(E; Your )ords to-ni,ht Hesitate3 BhyC C4*A(1; 87n a low tone, imitatin CHRISTIAN9 Throu,h the )arm summer ,#oom They ,ro e in dar-ness to)ard the #i,ht o( you3 *1:A(E; *y )ords/ )e## aimed/ (ind you more readi#y3 C4*A(1; *y heart is o en )ide and )aits (or themToo #ar,e a mar- to miss@ *y )ords (#y home/

Hea.y )ith honey #i-e returnin, "ees/ To your sma## se!ret ear3 *oreo.er- yours 'a## to me s)i(t#y3 *ine more s#o)#y rise3 *1:A(E; Yet not so s#o)#y as they did at (irst3 C4*A(1; They ha.e #earned the )ay/ and you ha.e )e#!omed them3 *1:A(E; 8/oftly9 Am 1 so (ar a"o.e you no)C C4*A(1; So (ar1( you #et (a## u on me one hard )ord/ Out o( that hei,ht- you !rush me@ *1:A(E; 8Turns9 1Q## !ome do)nC4*A(1; 8Euickly9 No@ *1:A(E; 85oints out the bench under the balcony.9 Stand you on the "en!h3 Come nearer@ C4*A(1; 8-ecoils in the shadow.9 No@*1:A(E; And )hy- so ,reat a No? C4*A(1; 82ore and more overcome by emotion.9 Let me enDoy The one moment 1 e.er- my one !han!e To s ea- to you333 unseen@ *1:A(E; 5nseenCC4*A(1; Yes@- yes333 Ni,ht/ ma-in, a## thin,s dim#y "eauti(u#/

One .ei# o.er us "oth- You on#y see The dar-ness o( a #on, !#oa- in the ,#oom/ And 1 the )hiteness o( a summer ,o)nYou are a## #i,ht- 1 am a## shado)@ 333 Ho) Can you -no) )hat this means to meC 1( 1 )as e.er e#o+uent*1:A(E; You )ere E#o+uentC4*A(1; -You ha.e ne.er heard ti## no) *y o)n heart s ea-in,@ *1:A(E; Bhy notC C4*A(1; 5nti# no)/ 1 s o-e throu,h333 *1:A(E; YesCC4*A(1; -throu,h that s)eet drun-enness You our into the )or#d out o( your eyes@ But to-ni,ht333 "ut to-ni,ht/ 1 indeed s ea'or the (irst time@ *1:A(E; 'or the (irst time- Your .oi!e/ E.en/ is not the same3 C4*A(1; 85assionately* moves nearer.9 Ho) shou#d it "eC 1 ha.e another .oi!e- my o)n/ *yse#(/ darin,8He stops, confused* then tries to recover himself.9 Bhere )as 1C 333 1 (or,et@ 333 'or,i.e me3 This is a## s)eet #i-e a dream333 Stran,e- #i-e a dream333 *1:A(E; Ho)/ stran,eC C4*A(1; 1s it not so To "e myse#( to you/ and ha.e no (ear

O( mo.in, you to #au,hterC *1:A(E; Lau,hter- )hyC C4*A(1; 8/tru lin for an explanation9 Be!ause333 Bhat am 1333 Bhat is any man/ That he dare as- (or youC There(ore my heart Hides "ehind hrases3 ThereQs a modesty 1n these thin,s too- 1 !ome here to #u!- do)n Out o( the s-y the e.enin, star- then smi#e/ And stoo to ,ather #itt#e (#o)ers3 *1:A(E; Are they Not s)eet/ those #itt#e (#o)ersC C4*A(1; Not enou,h s)eet 'or you and me/ to-ni,ht@ *1:A(E; 8Breathless9 You ne.er s o-e To me #i-e this333 C4*A(1; Litt#e thin,s/ retty thin,sArro)s and hearts and tor!hesAroses red/ And .io#ets "#ueAare these a##C Come a)ay/ And "reath (resh air@ *ust )e -ee on and on Si in, sta#e honey out o( tiny !u s De!orated )ith ,o#den tra!ery/ Dro "y dro / a## day #on,C Be are a#i.e2 Be thirstACome a)ay/ #un,e/ and drin-/ and dro)n 1n the ,reat ri.er (#o)in, to the sea@ *o.ane But?PoetryC Cyrano 1 ha.e made rimes (or youA Not no)ASha## )e insu#t Nature/ this ni,ht/ These (#o)ers/ this momentAsha## )e set a## these To hrases (rom a #etter "y 0oitureC Loo- on!e at the hi,h stars that shine in hea.en/ And it o(( arti(i!ia#ity@ Ha.e you not seen ,reat ,audy hothouse (#o)ers/ Barren/ )ithout (ra,ran!eCASou#s are #i-e that<

'or!ed to sho) a##/ they soon "e!ome a## sho)A The means to Nature=s end ends meanin,#ess@ *o.ane But?PoetryC Cyrano Lo.e hates that ,ame o( )ords@ 1T is a !rime to (en!e )ith #i(eA1 te## you/ There !omes one moment "y@A)hen God he# those Bho ass that moment "y@A)hen Beauty stands Loo-in, into the sou# )ith ,ra.e/ s)eet eyes That si!-en at retty )ords@

*o.ane 1( that "e trueA And )hen that moment !omes to you and meA Bhat )ords )i## youC333 Cyrano A## those a## those/ a## those That "#ossom in my heart / 1=## (#in, to youA Arm(u#s o( #oose "#oom@ Lo.e/ 1 #o.e "eyond Breath/ Beyond reason/ "eyond #o.e=s o)n o)er O( #o.in,@ Your name is #i-e a ,o#den "e## Hun, in my heart2 and )hen 1 thin- o( you/ 1 trem"#e/ and the "e## s)in,s an drin,sA ERo%ane@F?FRo%ane@F?a#on, my .eins/ ERo%ane@F? 1 -no) a## sma## (or,otten thin,s that on!e meant YouA 1 remem"er #ast year/ the 'irst o( *ay/ A #itt#e "e(ore noon/ you had your hair Dra)n #o)/ that one time on#y3 1s that stran,eC You -no) ho)/ a(ter #oo-in, at the sun/ One sees red suns e.ery)hereAso/ (ar hours A(ter the (#ood o( sunshine that you are/ *y eyes are "#inded "y your "urnin, hair@ *o.ane 4>ery .ow9 Yes?that is?Lo.eA Cyrano Yes/ that is Lo.eAthat eind O( terri"#e and Dea#ous "eauty/ "#o)in, O.er meAthat dar- (ire/ that musi!? Yet Lo.e see-eth not his o)n@ Dear/ you may ta-e *y ha iness to ma-e you ha ier/

E.en thou,h you ne.er -no) 1 ,a.e it youA On#y #et me hear sometimes/ a## a#one/ The distant #au,hter o( your Doy@333 1 ne.er Loo- at you/ "ut there=s some no) .irtue "orn 1n me/ some ne) !oura,e3 Do you "e,in To understand/ a #itt#eC Can you (ee# *y sou#/ there in the dar-ness/ "reathe on youC --Oh/ "ut to-ni,ht/ no)/ 1 dare say these thin,sA 1?to you?and you hear them@3331t is too mu!h@ 1n my most s)eet unreasona#e dreams/ 1 ha.e not ho ed (or this@ No) #et me die/ Ha.in, #i.ed3 1t is my .oi.e/ mine/ my o)n/ That ma-es you trem"#e/ as a "#ossom Amoun, the #ea"esAYou trem"#e/ And 1 !an (ee#/ A## the )ay do)n a#on, these Dasmine "ran!hes/ Bhether you )i## or no/ the assion o( you Trem"#in,? 8He kisses wildly the end of a droopin spray of 4asmine.9 *o.ane Yes/ 1 do tem"#e?and 1 )ee ? An d 1 #o.e you?and 1 am yours?and you Ha.e made me thus@ Cyrano 8(fter a pause* 0uietly9 Bhat is death #i-e/ 1 )onderC 1 -no) e"erythin, e#se no)? 1 ha.e done This/ to youA1/ myse#(? On#y #et me As- one thin, moreA Christian 86nder the balcaony9 One -iss@ *o.ane 8/tartled9 OneCA Cyrano You@333 *o.ane You as- me 'or-Cyrano 1? yes/ "utA1 meanA

8To )hristian9 You ,o too (ar Christian She is )i##in,@ABhy not ma-e the most o( itC Cyrano 8To -oxane9 1 did as-?"ut 1 -no) 1 as- too mu!h? *o.ane On#y oneA1s that a##C Cyrano A##@AHo) mu!h more Than a##@A1 -no)A1 (ri,hten youPP 1 as-? 1 as- you to re(useA Christian 8To )yrano9 But )hyC BhyR BhyC Cyrano Christian/ "e +uiet@ *o.ane 8.eanin over.9 Bhat is that you say to yourse#(C Cyrano 1 am an,ry )ith myse#( "e!ause 1 ,o too (ar/ and so 1 say To myse#(< EChristian/ "e +uiet@FA 8The theorbos be in to play.9 Har-Asomeone 1s !omin,A 8Ro !"# closes her window. Cy$!"o listens to the theorbos, one of which plays a ay melody, the other a mournful one.9 A sad tune/ a merry tuneA *an/ )omanA)hat do they meanCA 8( C!%&'()" enters* he carries a lantern, and oes from house to house, lookin at the doors.9 (haBAa priestB 8To the C!%&'()"9 Bhat is this ne) ,ame o( Dio,enesC Christian 87mpatient9 Bah@A

The Capuchin *ade#eine Ro"inA Christian Bhat does he )antC Cyrano 8To the capuchin* points out a street.9 This )ayA To the ri,htA-ee to the ri,htA The capuchin 1 than- you/ sir@A 1=## say my "eads (or you to the #ast ,rain3 Cyrano Good (ortune/ (ather/ and my ser.i!e to you@ 8The )apuchin oes out9 Christian Bin me that -iss@ Cyrano No3 Christian Sooner or #aterA Cyrano True? That is true? Soon or #ate/ it )i## "e so Be!ause you are youn, and she is "eauti(u#A 8To himself9 Sin!e it must "e/ 1 had rather "e myse#( 8The window re;opens. CH*/0T/A( hides under the balcony.9 The !ause o(?)hat must "e3 *1:A(E 81ut on the balcony9 Are you sti## thereC Be )ere s ea-in, o(C4*A(1 A -iss3 The )ord is s)eet-Bhat )i## the deed "eC Are your #i s a(raid e.en o( its "urnin, nameC Not too mu!h@ Ha.e you not un)ittin,#y #aid aside #au,hter/ s#i in, "eyond s ee!h insensi"#y/ a#ready/ )ithout (ear/ (rom )ords to smi#es?(rom smi#es to si,hs? (rom si,hin,/ e.en to tearsC One ste more-on#y one- (rom a tear to a -iss-one ste / on thri##@ *1:A(E

HushC4*A(1 And )hat is a -iss/ )hen a## is doneC A romise ,i.en under sea#-a .o) ta-en "e(ore the shrine o( memory-a si,nature a!-no)#ed,ed- a rosy dot o.er the i o( Lo.in,-a se!ret )his ered to #istenin, #i s a art- a moment made immorta#/ )ith a rush o( )in,s unseena sa!rament o( "#ossoms/ a ne) son, sun, "y t)o hearts to an o#d sim #e tune- the rin, o( the one horizon around t)o sou#s to,ether/ a## a#one@ *1:A(E Hush@? C4*A(1 Bhy/ )hat shameC- There )as a Hueen o( 'ran!e/ not #on, a,o/ and a ,reat #ord o( En,#and- a +ueen=s ,i(t/ a !ro)n De)e#@ *1:A(E 1ndeed@ C4*A(1 1ndeed/ #i-e him/ 1 ha.e my sorro)s and my si#en!es2 #i-e her/ you are the +ueen 1 dare adore2 #i-e him 1 am (aith(u# and (or#orn-

*1:A(E Li-e him/ "eauti(u#C4*A(1 8(side9 So 1 am- 1 (or,ot that@ *1:A(E Then- Come2?Gather your sa!red "#ossom? C4*A(1 8To CH*/0T/A(9 Go@ *1:A(E Your !ro)n De)e#? C4*A(1 Go on@*1:A(E Your o#d ne) son,?

C4*A(1 C#im"@CH*/0T/A( 8Hesitates9 No-Bou#d youC-not yet*1:A(E Your moment made immorta#? C4*A(1 85ushin him9 C#im" u / anima#@ 8CH*/0T/A( sprin s on the bench, and climbs by the pillars, the branches, the vines, until he bestrides the balcony railin .9 CH*/0T/A( Ro%ane@? 8He takes her in his arms and bends over her.9 C4*A(1 8>ery low9 Ah@?Ro%ane@? 1 ha.e )on )hat 1 ha.e )on-the (east o( #o.e-and 1 am Lazarus@ Yet?1 ha.e somethin, here that is mine no) and )as not mine "e(ore 1 s o-e the )ords that )on her-not (or me@?>issin, my )ords/ my )ords/ u on your #i s@ 8The theorbos be in to play9 A merry tune-a sad tune- So@ The Ca u!hin@ 8He pretends to be runnin , as if he had arrived from a distance* then calls up to the balcony.9 Ho#a@ *1:A(E Bho is itC C4*A(1 13 1s Christian there )ith youC CH*/0T/A( 8(stonished9 Cyrano@ *1:A(E Good morro)/ Cousin@ C4*A(1 Cousin/?,ood morro)@

*1:A(E 1 am !omin, do)n3 8/he disappears into the house. The )apuchin enters up sta e.9 CH*/0T/A( 8/ees him.9 Oh-a,ain@ THE CAP2CH/( 8To C4*A(19 She #i.es here, *ade#eine Ro"in@ C4*A(1 You said RO-L1N3 THE CAP2CH/( No- R-O-B-1-N *1:A(E 8(ppears on the threshold of the house, followed by *A)2E(EA2 with a lantern, and by CH*/0T/A(.9 Bhat is itC THE CAP2CH/( A #etter3 CH*/0T/A( Oh@? THE CAP2CH/( 8To *1:A(E9 Some matter ro(ita"#e to the sou#- a .ery no"#e #ord ,a.e it to me@ *1:A(E 8To CH*/0T/A(9 De Gui!he@ CH*/0T/A( He daresC*1:A(E 1t )i## not "e (or #on,2 )hen he #earns that 1 #o.e you? 4By the #i,ht o( the #antern )hi!h RAG5ENEA5 ho#ds/ she reads the #etter in a #o) tone/ as i( to herse#(3; E*ademoise##e the drums are "eatin,/ and the re,iment arms (or the mar!h3 Se!ret#y 1 remain here/ in the Con.ent3 1 ha.e diso"eyed2 1 sha## "e )ith you soon3 1 send this (irst "y an o#d mon-/ as sim #e as a shee / )ho understands nothin, o( this3 Your smi#e is more than 1 !an "ear/ and see- no more3 Be a#one to-ni,ht/ )aitin, (or one )ho dares to ho e you )i## (or,i.e?-F et!etera8To the Capuchin9 'ather/ this #etter !on!erns you?

8To CH*/0T/A(9 -and you3 Listen< 8The others ather around her. /he pretends to read from the letter, aloud.9 E*ademoise##e< The Cardina# )i## ha.e his )ay/ a#thou,h a,ainst your )i##2 that is )hy 1 am sendin, this to you "y a most ho#y man/ inte##i,ent/ dis!reet3 You )i## !ommuni!ate to him our order to er(orm/ here and at on!e the rite o(? 8Turns the pa e9 Ho#y *atrimony3 You and Christian )i## "e married ri.ate#y in you house3 1 ha.e sent him to you3 1 -no) you hesitate3 Be resi,ned/ ne.erthe#ess/ to the Cardina#=s !ommand/ )ho sends here)ith his "#essin,3 Be assured a#so o( my o)n res e!t and hi,h !onsideration-si ned, Your .ery hum"#e and-et!etera-F The Capuchin A no"#e #ord@ 1 said so-ne.er (ear-a )orthy #ord@-a .ery )orthy #ord@*o.ane 8To )H-7/T7(N9 Am 1 a ,ood reader o( #ettersC Christian 82otions toward the )apuchin.9 Care(u#@*o.ane 87n a tra ic tone9 Oh/ this is terri"#e@ The Capuchin 8Turns the li ht of his lantern on )?-(N19 You are to "eChristian 1 am the "ride,room@ The Capuchin 8Turns his lantern upon )H-7/T7(N* then, as if some suspicion crossed his mind, upon seein the youn man so handsome.9 Oh-)hy/ you? *o.ane 8Euickly9 Loo- hereEPosts!ri t< Gi.e to the Con.ent in my name one hundred and t)enty isto#sFThe Capuchin Thin- o( it@ A )orthy #ord-a )orthy #ord@333 8To -1G(N,, solemnly9 Dau,hter/ resi,n yourse#(@

*o.ane 8=ith an air of martyrdom9 1 am resi,ned? 8=hile -(36,N,(6 opens the door for the )apuchin and )H-7/T7(N invites him to enter, she turns to )?-(N1.9 De Gui!he may !ome3 >ee him here )ith you Do not #et himCyrano 1 understand@ 8To the )(56)H7N9 Ho) #on, )i## you "eCThe Capuchin Oh/ a +uarter o( an hour3 Cyrano 8Hurryin them into the house.9 Hurry-1=## )ait here*o.ane 8To )H-7/T7(N9 Come@ 8They o into the house.9 Cyrano No) then/ to ma-e his Gra!e de#ay that +uarter o( an hour?1 ha.e it@-u there8He steps on the bench, and climbs up the wall toward the balcony. The theorbos be in to play a mournful melody.9 Sad musi!- Ah/ a man@333 4The music pauses on a sinister tremolo.9 Oh-.ery mu!h a man@ 8He sits astride of the railin and, drawin toward him a lon branch of one of the trees which border the arden wall, he rasps it with both hands, ready to swin himself down.9 So-not too hi,h8He peers down at the round.9 1 must (#oat ,ent#y throu,h the atmos here%e )uiche Here is the house-a## dar--damn this mas-@8(s he is about to enter the house, )?-(N1 leaps from the balcony, still holdin fast to the branch, which bends and swin s him between :, 367)H, and the door* then he releases the branch and pretends to fall heavily as thou h from a hei ht. He lands flatly on the round, where he lies motionless, as if stunned. :, 367)H, leaps back.9 Bhat is thatC 8=hen he lifts his eyes, the branch has sprun back into place. He can see nothin but the sky* he does not understand.9 Bhy?)here did this man (a## (romC

Cyrano 8/its up, and speaks with a stron accent.9 -The moon@ %e )uiche YouCyrano 'rom the moon/ the moon@ 1 (e## out o( the moon@ %e )uiche The (e##o) is madCyrano 8:reamily9 Bhere am 1C %e )uiche BhyCyrano Bhat time is itC Bhat #a!e is thisC Bhat dayC Bhat seasonC %e )uiche YouCyrano 1 am stunned@ %e )uiche *y dear sirCyrano Li-e a "om"-a "om"- 1 (e## (rom the moon@ %e )uiche No)/ see hereCyrano 8-isin to his feet, and speakin in a terrible voice.9 1 say/ the moon@ %e )uiche 8-ecoils9 0ery )e##-i( you say so8(side9 Ra.in, mad@Cyrano 8(dvancin upon him.9

1 am not s ea-in, meta hori!a##y@ %e )uiche Pardon Cyrano A hundred years-an hour a,o-1 rea##y !annot say ho) #on, 1 (e##-1 )as in yonder shinin, s here%e )uiche 8/hru s9 Huite so3 P#ease #et me ass3 Cyrano 87nterposes himself.9 Bhere am 1C Te## the truth-1 !an "ear it3 1n )hat +uarter o( the ,#o.e ha.e 1 des!ended #i-e a meteoriteC %e )uiche *or"#eu@ Cyrano 1 !ou#d not !hoose my #a!e to (a##- the earth s un round so (ast- Bas it the Earth/ 1 )onderC-Or is this another )or#dC Another moonC Bhither ha.e 1 "een dra)n "y the dead )ei,ht o( my osteriorC %e )uiche Sir3 1 re eatCyrano 8=ith a sudden cry, which causes :, 367)H, to recoil a ain.9 His (a!e@ *y God-"#a!-@ %e )uiche 8)arries his hand to his mask.9 Oh@-

Cyrano 8Terrified9 Are you a nati.eC 1s this A(ri!aC %e )uiche -This mas-@ Cyrano 8/omewhat reassured9 Are )e in 0eni!eC GenoaC

DE GUICHE (Tries to pass him.) A lady is waiting for me. CYRANO (Quite happy again) So this is Paris! DE GUICHE (Smiling in spite of himself.) This fool becomes amusing. CYRANO Ah! You smile? DE GUICHE I do. Kindly permit meCYRANO (Delighted) Dear old Paris – Well, well! – (Wholly at his ease, smiles, bows, arranges his dress.) Excuse my appearance. I arrive by the last thunderbolt–a trifle singed as I came through the ether, These long journeys–my eyes are full of star-dust. On my spurs, some sort of fur…Planet’s apparently… (Plucks something from his sleeve.) Look–on my doublet– That’s a Comet’s hair! (He blows something from the back of his hand.) Phoo! DE GUICHE (Grows angry.) Monsieur– CYRANO (As De Guiche is about to push past, thrusts his leg in the way.) Here’s a tooth, stuck in my boot, from the Great Bear. Trying to get away, I tripped over the Scorpion and came down slap, into one scale of the balances– The pointer marks my weight this moment… (Pointing upward.) See? (De Guiche makes a sudden movement. Cyrano catches his arm.) Be !are(u#@ 1( you stru!- me on the nose/ it )ou#d dri mi#-@ DE GUICHE Milk?

CYRANO From the Milky Way! DE GUICHE Hell! CYRANO No, no–Heaven. (Crossing his arms.) Curious place up there–did you know Sirius wore a nightcap? True! (Confidentially) The Little Bear is still too young to bite. (Laughing) My foot caught in the Lyre, and it broke a string. (Proudly) Well–when I write my book, and tell the tale of my adventures–all these little stars that shake out of my cloak–I must save those to use for asterisks! DE GUICHE That will do now– I wish– CYRANO Yes, yes–I know– DE GUICHE Sir– CYRANO You desire to learn from my own lips the character of the moon’s surface– it’s inhabitants if any– DE GUICHE (Loses patience and shouts.) I desire no such thing! I– CYRANO (Rapidly) You wish to know by what mysterious means I reached the moon? –well–confidentially– it was a new invention of my own.

DE GUICHE (Discouraged) Drunk too–as well as mad!

CYRANO I scorned the eagle of Regiomontanus, and the dove of Archytas! DE GUICHE A learned lunatic! – CYRANO I imitated no one. I myself discovered not one scheme merely, but six–six ways to violate the virgin sky! 8:e 3uiche has succeeded in passin him, and moves toward the door of -oxane#s house. )yrano follows, ready to use violence if necessary.9 DE GUICHE 8.ooks around.9 Six? CYRANO 8=ith increasin volubility9 As for instance–Having stripped myself bare as a wax candle, adorn my from with crystal vials filled with morning dew, and so be drawn aloft, as the sun rises drinking the mist of dawn! DE GUICHE 8Takes a step toward )yrano.9 Yes–that makes one. CYRANO (Draws back to lead him away from the door; speaks faster and faster.) Or, sealing up the air in a cedar chest, rarefy it by means of mirrors, placed in an icosahedron. DE GUICHE 8Takes another step.9 Two. CYRANO 8/till retreatin 9 Again, I might construct a rocket, in the from of a huge locust, driven by impulses of villainous saltpeter from the rear, upward, by leaps and bounds. DE GUICHE 87nterested in spite of himself, and countin on his fin ers.9 Three. CYRANO 8/ame business.9 Or again, smoke having a natural tendency to rise, blow in a globe enough to raise me.

DE GUICHE 8Hypnoti!ed9 Five! – CYRANO 8Has by this time led him all the way across the street, close to a bench.9 Finally–seated on an iron plate, to hurl a magnet in the air–the iron follows–I catch the magnet–throw again–and so proceed indefinitely. DE GUICHE Six! – All excellent, – and which did you adopt? CYRANO 8)oolly9 Why, none of them…A seventh. DE GUICHE Which was? – CYRANO Guess! – DE GUICHE An interesting idiot, this! CYRANO 87mitates the sound of waves with his voice, and their movement by lar e, va ue estures.9 Hoo!…Hoo!… DE GUICHE Well? CYRANO Have you guessed it yet? DE GUICHE Why, no. CYRANO 83randilo0uent9 The ocean! … Bhat hour its risin, tide see-s the (u## moon/ 1 #aid me on the strand/ (resh (rom the s ray/ *y head (rontin, the moon"eams/ sin!e the hair Retains moistureAand so 1 s#o)#y rose

As u on an,e#s= )in,s/ e((ort#ess#y/ 5 )ardAthen sudden#y 1 (e#t a sho!-@A And then? %E )2/CHE 81vercome by curiosity, sits down on the bench.9 And thenC C4*A(1 And thenA 8)han es abruptly to his natural voice.9 The time is u @A'i(teen minutes/ your Gra!e@Ayou are no) (ree2 AndAthey are "oundAin )ed#o!-3 %E )2/CHE Am 1 drun-C That .oi!e? 8The door of -oxane#s house opens* lackeys appear, bearin li hted candles. .i hts up. )yrano removes his hat.9 And that nose@ACyrano@ C4*A(1 8/alutin 9 Cyrano@333This .ery moment/ they ha.e e%!han,ed rin,s3 %E )2/CHE BhoC He turns up sta e. Tableau: between the lackeys, -oxane and )hristian appear, hand in hand. The )apuchin follows them, smilin . -a ueneau holds aloft a torch. The :uenna brin s up the rear, in a ne li ee, and a pleasant flutter of emotion.9 Gounds@ 8To -oxane9 YouCA 8-eco ni!es )hristian9 HeCA 8/alutin -oxane9 *y sin!ere !om #iments@ 8To )yrano9 You a#so/ my in.entor o( ma!hines@ Your ri,maro#e )ou#d ha.e detained a saint Enterin, ParadiseAde!ided#y You must not (ai# to )rite that "oo- some day@ C4*A(1 8Bowin 9 Sir/ 1 en,a,e myse#( to do so3 8.eads the bridal pair down to :e 3uiche and strokes with reat satisfaction his lon white beard.9 *y #ord/ The handsome !ou #e youAand GodAha.e Doined to,ether@ %E )2/CHE 8-e ardin him with a frosty eye.9 Huite so3 8Turns to -oxane9 *adame/ -ind#y "id

Your?hus"and (are)e##3 *1:A(E Oh@ %E )2/CHE 8To )hristian9 Your re,iment Lea.es to-ni,ht/ sir3 Re ort at on!e@ *1:A(E You mean (or the (rontC The )arC %E )2/CHE Certain#y@ *1:A(E 1 thou,ht the Cadets )ere not ,oin,A %E )2/CHE Oh yes/ they are@ 8Takin out the dispatch from his pocket.9 Here is the orderA 8To )hristian9 Baron@ De#i.er this3 *1:A(E 8Throws herself into )hristian#s arms.9 Christian@ %E )2/CHE 8To )yrano, sneerin 9 The "rida# ni,ht is not so near@ C4*A(1 8(side9 Someho) that ne)s (ai#s to dis+uiet me3 CH*/0T/A( 8To -oxane9 Your #i s a,ain? C4*A(1 There/ that )i## do no)ACome@ CH*/0T/A( 8/till holdin -oxane9 You do not -no) ho) hard it isA C4*A(1 8Tries to dra him away.9

1 -no)@ 8The beatin of the drums is heard in the distance.9 %E )2/CHE 86p sta e9 The re,imentAone the mar!h@ *1:A(E 8(s )yrano tries to lead )hristian away, fellows, and detains them.9 Ta-e !are o( him (or meA 8(ppealin ly9 Promise me ne.er to #et him do Anythin, dan,erous@ C4*A(1 1=## do my "estA1 !annot romiseA *1:A(E 8/ame business9 *a-e him "e !are(u#@ C4*A(1 YesA1=## tryA *1:A(E 8/ame business9 Be sure to -ee him dry and )arm@ C4*A(1 Yes/ yesAi( ossi"#e *1:A(E 8/ame business* confidentially in his ear9 See that he remains (aith(u#@A C4*A(1 O( !ourse@ 1(A *1:A(E 8/ame Business9 And ha.e him )rite to me E.ery Sin,#e day@ C4*A(1 8/tops9 That/ 1 romise you@ 4Curtain;

The Fourth Act The Cadets o- )ascoyne The Post/ occupied by the )ompany of CARBON DE CASTEL-$ALO5L at THE S1EGE O' ARRAS3 7n The Back round, a -ampart traversin the entire scene* beyond this, and apparently below, a 5lain stretches away to the hori!on. The country is cut up with earthworks and other su estions of the sie e. 7n the distance, a ainst the sky;line, the houses and the walls of (rras. Tents* scattered =eapons* :rums, et cetera. 7t is near daybreak, and the ,ast is yellow with approachin dawn. /entries at intervals. )amp;fires. C5RTA1N R1SE discovers the )adets asleep, rolled in their cloaks. CARBON DE CASTEL-$ALO5L and LE BRET keep watch. They are both very thin and pale. CHR1ST1AN is asleep amon the others, wrapped in his cloak, in the fore round, his face li hted by the flickerin fire. /ilence. LE BRET Horri"#e@ CARBON Bhy/yes3 A## o( that3 LE BRET *ordious@ CARBON 43esture toward the sleepin )adets9 S)ear ,ent#yAYou mi,ht )a-e them3 4To )adets9 Go to s#ee A Hush@ 4To +E B*ET' Bho s#ee s dines3 LE BRET 1 ha.e insomnia God@ Bhat a (amine3 4+irin off sta e.9 CARBON Curse that mus-etry They=## )a-e my "a"ies3 4To the men9 Go to s#ee @-A CA%ET 4-ouses9 Diantre@ A,ainC

CARBON NoAon#y Cyrano !omin, home3 4The heads which have been raised sink back a ain.9 A SENTRY 41ff sta e9 Ha#t@ Bho ,oes thereC VOICE OF CYRANO Ber,era!@ THE SENTRY ON THE PARAPET Ha#t@ Bho GoesCA CYRANO 4(ppears on the parapet3; Ber,era!/ idiot@ LE BRET 43oes to meet him.9 Than- God a,ain@ CYRANO 4/i ns not to wake anyone.9 Hush@ LE BRET BoundedC CYRANO NoAThey a#)ays miss meA+uite A ha"it "y this time@ LE BRET Yes-- Go ri,ht onA Ris- you #i(e e.ery mornin, "e(ore "rea-(ast To send a #etter@ CYRANO 4/tops near CH*/0T/A(&' 1 romised he shou#d )rite E.ery sin,#e day? 4.ooks down at him.9 HmAThe "oy #oo-s a#e Bhen he is as#ee Athin toAstar.in, to deathA 1( that oor !hi#d -ne)@ Handsome/ none the #ess? LE BRET Go and ,et some s#ee @

CYRANO 4(ffectionately9 No)/ no)Ayou o#d "ear/ No Gro)#in,@A1 am !are(u#Ayou -no) 1 amA 1 )ait ti## they are a## drun-3 LE BRET You mi,ht "rin, Somethin, )ith you3 CYRANO 1 ha.e to tra.e# #i,ht To ass throu,hABy the )ay/ there )i## "e ne)s 'or you to-day< the 'ren!h )i## eat or die/ 1( )hat 1 sa) means anythin,3 LE BRET Te## us@ CYRANO NoA 1 am not sureA)e )i## see@ CARBON Bhat a )ar/ Bhen the "esie,er star.es to death@ LE BRET 'ine BarA 'ine situation@ Be "esie,e ArrasA The Cardina# Prin!e o( S ain "esie,es usA AndAhere )e are@ CYRANO Someone mi,ht "esie,e ()*+ CARBON A hun,ry Do-e@ CYRANO Ho/ho@ LE BRET Yes/ you !an #au,hA Ris-in, a #i(e #i-e yours to !arry #ettersA Bhere are you ,oin, no)C CYRANO 4(t the tent door9 To )rite another3 83oes into tent9

8( little more dayli ht. The clouds redden. The town of (rras shows on the hori!on. ( cannon shot is heard, followed immediately by a roll of drums, far away to the left. 1ther drums beat a little nearer. The drums o on answerin each other here and there, approach, beat loudly almost on the sta e, and die away toward the ri ht, across the camp. The camp awakes. >oices of officers in the distance.9 CARBON 4/i hs9 Those drums@Aanother ,ood nourishin, s#ee Gone to the de.i#3 4The )adets rouse themselves.9 No) then@A FIRST CADET 4/its up, yawns.9 God@ 1=m Hun,ry@ SECOND CADET Star.in,@ ALL 43roan9 Aoh@ CARBON 5 )ith you@ THIRD CADET Not another ste @ FOURTH CADET Not another mo.ement@ FIRST CADET Loo- at my ton,ueA 1 said this air )as indi,esti"#e@ FIFTH CADET *y !oronet (or ha#( a ound o( !heese@ SIXTH CADET 1 ha.e no stoma!h (or this )arA1=## stay 1n my tentA#i-e A!hi##es3 ANOTHER YesAno "read/ No (i,htin,A CARBON Cyrano@

OTHERS *ay as )e## die-Carbon Come out here@-You -no) ho) to ta#- to them3 Get them #au,hin,0econd Cadet 8-ushes up to first cadet9 Bhat are you ,na)in, thereC First Cadet Gun )ads and a%#e-,rease3 'at !ountry this Around Arras3 Another 8,nters9 1 ha.e "een out huntin,@ Another 8,nters9 Bent 'ishin,/ in the S!ar e@ All 8.eapin up and surroundin the newcomers9 'ind anythin,C Any (ishC Any ,ameC Per!hC Partrid,esC Let me #oo-@ The Fisherman Yes-one ,ud,eon3 8/hows it.9 The Hunter One (at?s arro)3 8/hows it.9 All Ah@-See here/ this mutiny@Carbon Cyrano@ Come and he# @ Cyrano 8,nters from tent.9 Be##C 8/ilence. To the +irst )adet who is walkin away, with his chin on his chest.9 You there/ )ith the #on, (a!eC First Cadet 1 ha.e somethin, o( mind that trou"#es me3

Cyrano Bhat is thatC First Cadet *y stoma!h3 Cyrano So ha.e 13 First Cadet No dou"t you enDoy this@ Cyrano 8Ti htens his belt.9 1t -ee s me #oo-in, youn,3 0econd Cadet *y teeth are ,ro)in, rusty3 Cyrano Shar en them@ Third Cadet *y "e##y sounds as ho##o) as a drum3 Cyrano Beat the #on, ro## on it@ Fourth Cadet *y ears are rin,in,3 Cyrano Liar@ A Hun,ry "e##y has no ears3 Fi-th Cadet Oh (or a "arre# o( ,ood )ine@ Cyrano 81ffers him his own helmet.9 You !as+ue3 0i.th Cadet 1=## s)a##o) anythin,@ Cyrano 8Throws him the book which he has in his hand9 Try the E1#iad3F 0eventh Cadet The !ardina#/ he has (our mea#s a day- Bhat does he !are@

Cyrano As- him2 he rea##y ou,ht to send you?a s rin, #am" out o( his (#o!-/ Roasted )ho#eThe Cadet Yes/ and a "ott#eCyrano 8,xa erates the manner of one speakin to a servant.9 1( you #ease/ Ri!he#ieu-a #itt#e more o( the Red Sea#?Ah/ than- you@ The Cadet And the sa#ad Cyrano O( !ourse-Romaine@ Another Cadet 8/hiverin 9 1 am as hun,ry as a )o#( Cyrano 8Tosses him a cloak9 Put on your shee !#othin,3 First Cadet 8=ith a shru 9 A#)ays the !#e.er ans)er@ Cyrano A#)ays the ans)er-yes@ Let me die so-5nder some rosy ,o#den sunset/ sayin, a ,ood thin,/ (or a ,ood !ause@ By the s)ord/ the oint o( honor-"y the hand o( the one )orthy to "e my (oeman/ #et me (a##-Stee# in my heart/ and #au,hter on my #i s@ Voices Here And There A## .ery )e##-)e are hun,ry@ Cyrano Bah@ You thin- o( nothin, "ut yourse#(3 8His eye sin les out the old fifer in the back; round.9 Here/ Bertrandou/ you )ere a she herd on!e-Your i e no)@ Come/ Breathe/ B#o)/P#ay to these "e##y-)orshi ers the o#d airs o( the south EAirs )ith a smi#e in them/ Airs )ith a si,h in them/ Airs )ith the "reeze and the "#ue o( the s-y in them-F Sma##/ demure tunes )hose e.ery note is #i-e a #itt#e sister- Son,s heard on#y in some #on, si#ent .oi!e not +uite (or,otten- mountain me#odies #i-e thin smo-e risin, (rom the "ro)n !otta,es in the sti## noon/ s#o)#y-Huaint #u##a"ies/ )hose .ery musi! has a southern ton,ue8The old man sits down and prepares his fife.9 No) #et the (i(e/ that dry o#d )arrior/ Dream/ )hi#e o.er the sto s your (in,ers dan!e A minuet o( #itt#e "irds-#et him dream "eyond e"ony and i.ory2 Let him remem"er he )as on!e a reed out o( the ri.er/ and re!a## the s irit on inno!ent/ untrou"#ed !ountry days?

8The fifer be ins to play a 5rovencal melody9 Listen/ you Gas!ons@ No) it is no more the shri## (i(e-1t is the (#ute/ throu,h )ood#ands (ar a)ay/ !a##in,-no #on,er the hot "att#e-!ry/ "ut the !oo# +uiet i e out ,oatherds #ay@ Listen-the (orest ,#ens? the hi##s?the do)ns?the ,reen s)eetness o( ni,ht on the dordo,ne?Listen/ you Gas!ons@ 1t is a## Gas!oyne@333 8,very head is bowed* every eye cast down. Here and there a tear is furtively brushed away with the back of a hand, the corner of a cloak.9 Carbon 8/oftly to )yrano9 You ma-e them )ee Cyrano 'or homesi!-ness-a hun,er more no"#e than that hun,er o( the (#esh2 1t is their hearts no) that are star.in,3 Carbon Yes/ "ut you me#t do)n their manhood3 Cyrano 82otions the drummer to approach9 You thin- soC Let them "e3 There is iron in their "#ood not easi#y disso#.ed in their tears3 You need on#y8He makes a esture* The drum beats9 All 8/prin up and rush toward their weapons.9 Bhat is itC Bhere is itC-BhatCCyrano You see8/miles9 Let *ars snore in his s#ee on!e-and (are)e## 0enus-s)eet dreams-re,rets-dear thou,hts o( home- A## the (i(e #u##s to rest )a-es at the drum@ A Cadet 8.ooks up sta e9 Aha- *onsieur de Gui!he@ The Cadets 82utter amon themselves.9 5,h@333 Cyrano 8/miles9 '#atterin, *urmur@ A Cadet He ma-es me )eary@

Another Bith his !o##ar o( #a!e o.er his !orse#etAnother Li-e a ri""on tied around his s)ord@ Another Banda,es (or a "oi# on the "a!- o( his ne!-0econd Cadet A !ourtier a#)ays@ Another The Cardina#=s ne he)@ Carbon None the #ess-A Gas!on3 First Cadet A !ounter(eit@ Ne.er you trust that man- Be!ause )e Gas!ons/ #oo-/ you/ are a## madDan,erous than a reasona"#e Gas!on@ +e Bret He #oo-s a#e3 Another Oh/ he !an "e hun,ry too/ #i-e any other oor de.i#-"ut he )ears so many De)e#s on that "e#t o( his that his !ram s ,#itter in the sun@ Cyrano 8Euickly9 1s he to see us #oo-in, misera"#eC Hui!--Pi es@-Cards@-Di!e@8They all hurriedly be in to play, on their stools on the drums, or on their cloaks spread on the round, li htin their lon pipes meanwhile.9 As (or me/ 1 read Des!artes3 THE CA%ET0 42utter amon themselves9 5,h@333 C4*A(1 8/miles9 '#atterin, murmur@ A CA%ET He ma-es me )eary A(1THE* Bith his !o##ar o( #a!e o.er his !orse#etM A(1THE*

Banda,es (or a "oi# on the "a!- o( his ne!-M 0EC1(% CA%ET A !ourtier a#)ays@ CA*B1( None the #ess-a Gas!on3 F/*0T CA%ET A !ounter(eit@ Ne.er you trust that manM"e!ause )e Gas!ons/ #oo- you/ are a## mad-this (e##o) is reasona"#eMnothin, more dan,erous than a reasona"#e Gas!on@ +E B*ET He #oo-s a#e3 A(1THE* Oh/ he !an "e hun,ry too/ #i-e any other oor de.i#M"ut he )ears so many De)e#s on that "e#t o( his that his !ram s ,#itter in the sun@ C4*A(1 8Euickly9 1s he to see us #oo-in, misera"#eC Hui!-MPi es@MCard@MDi!e@M 8They all hurriedly be in to play, on their stools on the drums or on their cloaks spread on the round, li htin their lon pipes meanwhile.9 As (or me/ 1 read Des!artes3 8He walks up and down, readin a small book which he takes from his pocket. TABLEA5< DE G51CHE enters, lookin pale and ha ard. (ll are absorbed in their ames. 3eneral air of contentment. DE G51CHE oes to CARBON3 They look at each other askance, each observin with satisfaction the condition of each other.9

DE G51CHE Good *ornin,@ 8(side9 He #oo-s ye##o)3 CARBON 8/ame business9 He is a## eyes DE G51CHE 8.ooks at the )adets9 Bhat ha.e )e hereC B#a!- #oo-sC Yes/ ,ent#emenM1 am in(ormed 1 am not o u#ar2 the hi##-no"i#ity/ "arons o( BKarn/ The om and ride o( PKri,ordM1 #earn they disa ro.e their !o#one#2 !a## him !ourtier/ o#iti!ianMthey ta-e it i## that 1 !o.er my stee# )ith #a!e o( Genoa3 1t is ,reat o((ense to "e a Gas!on and not to "e a "e,,ar@ 8/ilence. They smoke. They play9 Be##/ sha## 1 ha.e your !a tain unish youC? No3

CARBON As to that/ it )ou#d "e im ossi"#e3 DE G51CHE OhC CARBON 1 am (ree2 1 ay my !om any2 it is my o)n2 1 o"ey mi#itary orders3 DE G51CHE Oh@ That )i## "e +uite enou,h 8To the )adets9 1 !an a((ord your #itt#e hates3 *y !ondu!t under (ire is )e## -no)n3 1t )as on#y yesterday 1 dro.e Count de Bu!+uoi (rom Ba aume/ ourin, my men do)n #i-e an a.a#an!he/ 1 myse#( #ed the !har,eM CYRANO 8=ithout lookin up from his book.9 And you )hite s!ar(C DE G51CHE 8/urprised and ratified.9 You heard that e isodeC YesMra##yin, my men (or the third time/ 1 (ound myse#( !arried amon, a !ro)d o( (u,iti.es into the enemy=s #ines3 1 )as in dan,er o( "ein, shot or !a tured2 "ut 1 thou,ht +ui!-#yMtoo- o(( and (#un, a)ay the s!ar( that mar-ed my mi#itary ran- and so "ein, in!ons i!uous/ es!a ed amon, my o)n (or!e/ ra##ied them/ returned a,ain and )on the day@ 8The )adets do not appear to be listenin , but here and there the cards and dice boxes remain motionless, the smoke is retained in their cheeks.9 Bhat do you say to thatC Presen!e o( mindMyesC CYRANO Henry o( Na.arre "ein, outnum"ered/ ne.er (#un, a)ay his )hite #ume3 8/ilent en4oyment. The cards flutter, the dice roll, the smoke puffs out.9 DE G51CHE *y de.i!e )as a su!!ess/ ho)e.er@ 8/ame attentive pause, interruptin the ames and the smokin .9 CYRANO Possi"#y?and o((i!er does not #i,ht#y resi,n the ri.i#e,e o( "ein, a tar,et3 8)ards, dice and smoke fall, roll, and float away with increasin satisfaction.9 No)/ i( 1 had "een thereMyour !oura,e and mine )ou#d di((er in thisM)hen your s!ar( (e##/ 1 shou#d ha.e ut it on3 DE G51CHE Boastin, A,ain@ CYRANO

Boastin,C Lend it to me to-ni,ht2 1=## #ead the (irst !har,e/ )ith your s!ar( o.er my shou#der@ DE G51CHE Gas!onnade on!e more@ You are sa(e ma-in, this o((er/ and you -no) itMmy s!ar( #ies on the ri.er "an- "et)een the #ines/ a s ot s)e t "y arti##ery im ossi"#e to rea!h a#i.e@ CYRANO 85roduce the scarf from his pocket.9 Yes3 Here? 8/ilence. The )adets stifle their lau hter behind their cards and their dice boxes. :, 367)H, turns to look at them. 7mmediately they resume their ravity and their ame. 1ne of them whistles carelessly in the mountain air which the fifer was playin .9 DE G51CHE 8Takes the scarf.9 Than- you@ That "it o( )hite is )hat 1 need to ma-e a si,na#3 1 )as hesitatin,Myou ha.e de!ided me3 8He oes to the parapet, climbs upon it and waves the scarf at arm#s len th several times ALL Bhat is he doin,CMBhatC M THE SENTRY ON THE PARAPET There=s a man do)n there runnin, a)ay@ DE G51CHE A S aniard3 0ery use(u# as a s y3 To "oth side3 He in(orms the enemy as 1 instru!t him3 By his in(#uen!e 1 !an arran,e their dis ositions3 CYRANO Traitor@ DE G51CHE 8+oldin the scarf.9 A traitor/ yes2 "ut use(u#?Be )ere sayin,C333Oh/ yesM here is some ne)s (or you< Last ni,ht )e had re ro.isionin, Carbon< 'ortunate#y/ The S aniards do not -no) that %e )uiche< Oh/ yes2 they -no)3 They )i## atta!-3 Carbon< Ah@ %e )uiche<

'rom the s y o( mine 1 #earned o( their intentions3 His re ort )i## determine the oint o( their ad.an!e3 The (e##o) as-ed me )hat to say@ 1 to#d him< EGo out "et)een the #ines2 )at!h (or my si,na#2 )here you see that/ #et them atta!- there3F Carbon< 8To the cadets9 Be##/ ,ent#emen@ 8(ll rise. Noise of sword belts and breastplates bein buckled on.9 %e )uiche< You may ha.e erha s an hour3 First Cadet< Oh- An hour@ 8They all sit down and resume their ames once more.9 %e )uiche< 8To )arbon9 The ,reat thin, is to ,ain time3 Any mo.ement the *arsha# ma-es may return3 Carbon< And to ,ain timeC %e )uiche< You )i## a## "e so -ind as to #ay do)n your #i.es@ Cyrano< Ah@ Your re.en,eC %e )uiche< 1 ma-e no reten!e o( #o.in, you@ But- sin!e you ,ent#emen esteem yourse#.es3 1n.in!i"#e/ the "ra.est o( the "ra.e/ and a## that- )hy need )e "e ersona#C 1 ser.e the -in, in !hoosin, ? as 1 !hoose@ Cyrano< 8/alutes9 Sir ermits me to o((er- a## our than-s3 %e )uiche< 8-eturns salute.9 You #o.e to (i,ht a hundred a,ainst one2 here is your o 8He oes up sta e with )arbon.9 Cyrano< 8To the cadets.9 *y (riends/ )e sha## add no) to our o#d Gas!on arms )ith their si% !he.rons/ "#ue and ,o#d/ a se.enth- B#ood-red@

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8:e 3uiche talks in a low tone to )arbon up sta e. 1rders are iven. The defense is arran ed. )yrano oes with )hristian who has remained motionless with folded arms.9 ChristianC 8.ays a hand on his shoulder.9 Christian< 8/hakes his head9 Ro%ane? Cyrano< Yes3 Christian< 1 shou#d #i-e to say (are)e## to her/ )ith my )ho#e heart )ritten (or her to -ee 3 Cyrano< 1 thou,ht o( that8Takes a letter form his doublet.9 1 ha.e )ritten a (are)e##3 Christian< Sho) me@ Cyrano< You )ish to read itC Christian< O( !ourse@ 8He takes the letter* be ins to read, looks up suddenly.9 BhatCCyrano< Bhat is itC Christian< Loo-- This #itt#e !ir!#eCyrano< 8Takes the letter back 0uickly, and looks innocent.9 Cir!#eCChristian< Yes- a tear@ Cyrano< So it is@? )e##- a oet )hi#e he )rites is #i-e a #o.er in his #ady=s arms/ "e#ie.in, his ima,ination- a## seems true- you understandC There=s ha#( the !harm o( )ritin,- No)/ this #etter as you see 1 ha.e made so atheti! that 1 )e t )hi#e 1 )as )ritin, it@ Christian< You- )e tC Cyrano< Bhy/ yes- Be!ause? it is a #itt#e thin, to die/ "ut- not to se her? that is terri"#e@ And 1 sha## ne.er@

8)hristian looks at him.9 Be sha## ne.er@ 8Euickly9 You/ )i## ne.erChristian< 8/natches the letter.9 Gi.e me that@ 8Noise in the distance on the outskirts of the camp.9 Voice 1- A 0entry< Ha#t- )ho ,oes thereC 8/hots, shoutin , 4in le of harness9 Carbon< Bhat is thatThe 0entry 1n The Parapet< Bhy/ a !oa!h3 8They rush to look.9 Con-used voices< A !oa!hC Comin, this )ay- 1t must "e dri.en throu,h the S anish #ines- )hat the de.i#- 'ire@ - No- Har-@ The dri.er shoutin,- )hat does he sayC BaitHe said< EOn the ser.i!e o( the -in,@F 8They are on the parapet lookin over. The 4in lin comes nearer.9 %e )uiche< O( the -in,C 8They come down and fall into lines.9 Carbon< Hats o((/ a##@ %e )uiche< 8/peaks off sta e.9 The -in,@ 'a## in/ Ras!a#s@8The coach enters at full trot. 7t is covered with mud and dust. The curtains are drawn. Two foot men are seated behind. 7t stops suddenly.9

Carbon< 8/houts9 Beat the assem"#y8-ole of drums. (ll the cadets uncover.9

%e )uiche< T)o o( you/ #o)er the ste s-o en the door8Two men rush to the coach. The doors open.9 *o.ane< 8)omes out of the coach.9 Good mornin,@ 8(t the sound of a woman#s voice, every head is raised. /ensation.9 %e )uiche< On the -in,=s ser.i!e- YouC *o.ane< Yes- my o)n -in,- Lo.e@ Cyrano< 8(side9 God is mer!i(u#? Christian 8Hastens to her.9 You! Why have you*o.ane Your )ar #asted so #on,@ Christian But why?*o.ane Not no)Cyrano 8(side9 I wonder if I dare to look at her… %e guiche You !annot remain here@ *o.ane Why, certainly! Roll that drum here, somebody… 8/he sits on the drum, which is brou ht to here.9 Than- you- There@ 8/he lau hs.9 Bou#d you "e#ie.e- they (ired u on usC -*y !oa!h #oo-s #i-e the um -in in the (airy ta#e/ does it notC And my (ootmen8/he throws a kiss to CHR1ST1AN.9 Ho) do you doC

8/he looks about.9 How serious you all are! Do you know, it is a long drive here- from Arras? 8/ees CYRANO3; Cousin/ 1 am ,#ad to see you@ Cyrano 8(dvances9 Oh- Ho) did you !omeC *o.ane How did I find you? Very easily- I followed where the country was laid waste -Oh, but I saw such things! I had to see to believe. Gentlemen, is that the service of your king? I prefer my own! Cyrano But how did you come through? *o.ane Why, through the Spanish lines of course! First Cadet They #et you assC%e )uiche Bhat did you sayC Ho) did you mana,eC +e Bret Yes, that must have been difficult! ROXANE No- I simply drove along. Now and then some hidalgo scowled at me the Spaniards being (without prejudice to the French) the most polished gentlemen in the world- I passed! CARBON Certainly that smile should be a passport! Did they never ask your errand or your destination? ROXANE Oh, frequently! Then I dropped my eyes and said: “I have a lover…” Where upon, the Spaniard with an air of ferocious dignity would close the carriage door- with such a gesture as any king might envy, wave aside the muskets that were leveled at my breast, fall back three paces, equally superb in grace and gloom, draw himself up, thrust forth a spur under his cloak, sweeping the air with his long plumes, bow very low, and say: “Pass, Senorita!”

CHRISTIAN

But, RoxaneROXANE I know- I said “a lover”- but you understand- Forgive me!- If I said “I am going to meet my husband,” no one would believe me! CHRISTIAN Yes, butROXANE What then? DE GUICHE You must leave this place. CYRANO At once. ROXANE I? LE BRET Yes- immediately. ROXANE And why? CHRISTAIN (Embarrassed) Because… CYRANO (Same) In half an hour… DE GUICHE (Same) Or these quarters… CARBON (Same) Perhaps it might be better… LE BRET If you… ROXANE

Oh- I see! You are going to fight. I remain here. ALL No-no! ROXANE He is my husband(Throws herself in CHRISTIAN’S arms.) I will die with you! CHRISTIAN Your eyes!… Why do you?ROXANE You know why… DE GUICHE (Desperate) This post is dangerousROXANE (Turns) How- dangerous? CYRANO The proof is, we are ordered ROXANE (To DE GUICHE) Oh- you wish to make a widow of me? DE GUICHE On my word of honorROXANE No matter. I am just a little mad- I will stay. It may be amusing. CYRANO What, a heroine- out intellectual? ROXANE Monsieur de Bergerac, I am your cousin! A CADET We’ll fight now! Hurrah! ROXANE (more and more excited)

I am safe with you- my friends! ANOTHER (Carried away) The whole camp breathes of lilies!ROXANE And I think, this hat would look well on the battlefield!… But perhaps(Looks at DE GUICHE.) The Count ought to leave us. Any moment now, there may be danger. DE GUICHE This is too much! I must inspect my guns. I shall return- You may change your mindThere will yet be timeROXANE Never! (DE GUICHE goes out.) CH*/0T/A( 47mplorin ; Ro%ane@333 *1:A(E No@ F/*0T CA%ET 4To the rest; She stays here@ A++ 4-ushin about, elbowin each other, brushin off their clothes.; A !om"@-Soa @-Here=s a ho#e in my-A need#e-Bho has a ri""onC-Your mirror/ +ui!-@*y !u((s-A razor*1:A(E 4To )yrano, who is still ur in her; No@ 1 sha## not stir one ste @ CA*B1( 4Havin , like the others, ti htened his belt, dusted himself, brushed off his hat, smoothed out his plume and put on his lace cuffs, advance to -oxane ceremoniously.; 1n that !ase/ may 1 not resent to you some o( these ,ent#emen )ho are to ha.e the honor o( dyin, in your resen!eC *1:A(E 4Bows; P#ease@4/he waits, standin , on the arm of )hristian, while

CA*B1( 7presents; Baron de Peyres!ous de Co#i,na!@ THE CA%ET 4/alutes; *adame? *1:A(E *onsieur?

CA*B1( 4)ontinues; Baron de Castera! De Cahuza!-0idame de *a#,ouyre Estressa! Les"as d=Es!ara"iotTHE V/%A,E *adame? CA*B1( Che.a#ier d=Anti,na!-$uzet-Baron Hi##iot de B#a,na!-Sa#e!han De Caste#-Cra"iou#esTHE BA*1( *adam? *1:A(E Ho) many names you a## ha.e@ THE BA*1( Hundreds@ CA*B1( 4To -oxane; O en the hand that ho#ds your hand-er!hie(3 *1:A(E 41pens her hand* the handkerchief falls3; BhyC 4The whole company makes a movement toward it.; CA*B1( 45icks it up 0uickly3; *y !om any )as in )ant o( a "anner3 Be ha.e no) the (airest in the army@ *1:A(E 4/milin ; Rather sma##CA*B1(

4+astens the handkerchief to his lance3; La!e-and em"roidered@ A CA%ET 4To the others; Bither her smi#in, on me/ somethin, in myCA*B1( 4Turns upon him; Shame on you@ 'east your eyes and (or,et your-

*1:A(E 4Euickly; 1t must "e this (resh air-1 am star.in,@ Let me see? !o#d artrid,es/ astry/ a #itt#e )hite )ine-that )ou#d do3 Bi## some one "rin, that to meC A CA%ET 4(side; Bi## some one@A(1THE* Bhere the de.i# are )e to (ind*1:A(E 41verhears* sweetly; Bhy/ there-in my !arria,e3 All Bha-atC *1:A(E A## you ha.e to do is to un a!-/ and !ar.e/ and ser.e thin,s3 Oh/ noti!e my !oa!hman2 you may re!o,nize an o#d (riend3 THE CA%ET0 4-ush to the coach3; Ra,ueneau@ *1:A(E 4+ollows them with her eyes3; Poor (e##o)s? THE CA%ET0 4(cclamations; Ah@ Ah@ C4*A(1

4Fisses her hand3; Our ,ood (airy@ *A)2E(EA2 4/tandin on his box, like a mountebank before a crowd3; Gent#emen@4,nthusiasm; THE CA%ET0 Bra.o@ Bra.o@ *A)2E(EA2 The S aniards/ "as-in, in our smi#es/ smi#ed on our "as-ets@ 4(pplause;

C4*A(1 4(side, to )hristian; Christian@*A)2E(EA2 They adored the 'air/ and missed4He takes from under the seat a dish, which he holds aloft3; the 'o)#@ 4A #ause3 The dish is assed (rom hand to hand3; C4*A(1 4(s before, to )hristian; One moment*A)2E(EA2 0enus !harmed their eyes/ )hi#e Adonis +uiet#y 4Brandishin a ham3; Brou,ht home the Boar@ 4(pplause* the ham is sei!ed by a score of hands outstretched3; C4*A(1 4(s before; Pst-Let me s ea- to you*1:A(E 4(s the )adets return, their arms full of provisions; S read them out on the ,round3 4)alls; Christian@ Come here2 *a-e yourse#( use(u#3 4)hristian turns to her, at the moment when )yrano was leadin him aside. /he arran es the food, with his aid and that of the two imperturbable footmen3; *A)2E(EA2 Pea!o!-/ au% tru((es@

F/*0T CA%ET 4)omes down, cuttin a hu e slice of the ham.9 Tonnerre@ Be are not ,oin, to die )ithout a ,or,e4/ees -oxane* corrects himself hastily.; Pardon-a "an+uet@ *A)2E(EA2 4Tossin out the cushions of the carria e.; O en these-they are (u## All 4Tummult* lau hter* the cushions are eviscerated; T()$d C!d#, Lu!u##us@

R!-&#"#!& 4Throws out bottles of red wine; '#as-s o( ru"y4(nd of white; '#as-s o( to azRo !"# 4Throws a tablecloth at the head of )yrano; Come "a!- out o( your dreams@ 5n(o#d this !#othR!-&#"#!& 4Takes off one of the lanterns of the carria e, and flourishes it; Our #am s are "on"onniSres@ Cy$!"o 4To )hristian; 1 must see you "e(ore 1 s ea- )ith herR!-&#"#!& 42ore and more lyrical; *y )hi hand#e is one #on, sausa,e@ Ro !"# 45ourin wine* passin the food; Bein, a"out to die/ #et us (irst dine@ Ne.er mind the others-a## the Gas!oyne@ And i( De Gui!he !omes/ he is not in.ited@ 43oin for another; P#enty o( time-need not eat so (ast-Ho#d your !u 4To another; Bhat=s the matterC

T(# C!d#, 4/obbin ; You are so ,ood to us? Ro !"# There/ there@ Red or )hite )ineC-Some "read (or *onsieur de Car"on@-Na -ins-A -ni(e-Pass your #ate-Some o( the !rustC A #itt#e more-#i,ht or dar-C-Bur,undyCCyrano 4+ollows her with an armful of dishes, helpin to serve; Adora"#e@ *o.ane 43oes to )hristian; Bhat )ou#d you #i-eC Christian Nothin, *o.ane Oh/ "ut you must@-A #itt#e )ineC A "is!uitC Christian Te## me (irst )hy you !ame*o.ane By and "y/ 1 must ta-e !are o( these oor "oys+e Bret 4=ho has one up sta e to pass up food to the sentry on the parapet, on the end of a lance.; De Gui!he@Cyrano Hide e.erythin, +ui!-@-Dishes/ "ott#es/ ta"#e!#oth-No) #oo- hun,ry a,ain4To -a ueneau; You there@ 5 on your "o%-e.erythin, out o( si,htC47n a twinklin , everythin has been pushed inside the tents, hidden in their hats or under their cloaks. :e 3uiche enters 0uickly, then stops, sniffin the air. /ilence.; %e )uiche 1t sme##s ,ood here3 A Cadet 4Hummin with an air of reat unconcern; Sin, ha-ha-ha and ho-ho-ho%e )uiche 4/tares at him* he rows embarrased; You there-Bhat are you "#ushin, (orC The Cadet

Nothin,-my "#ood stirs at the thou,ht o( "att#e3 Another Pom? om? om@? %e )uiche 4Turns upon him.; Bhat is thatC The Cadet 4/li htly stimulated; On#y son,-on#y #itt#e son,%e )uiche You a ear ha y@ The Cadet Oh yes-a#)ays ha y "e(ore a (i,ht%e )uiche 4)alls to )ardbon, for the purpose of ivin him an order.; Ca tain/ 14/tops and looks at him3; Bhat the de.i#-you are #oo-in, ha y too@Carbon 45ulls a lon face and hides a bottle behind his back3; No@ %e )uiche Here-1 had one ,un remainin,3 1 had it #a!ed 4He points off sta e3; There-in that !orner-(or your men3 A Cadet 4/timperin ; /o -ind@ -Charmin, attention@ Another 4/ome business* burles0ue; S)eet so#i!itude@%e )uiche 4)ontemptuous; 1 "e#ie.e you "oth are drun-4)oldly; Bein, una!!ustomed To ,uns-ta-e !are o( the re!oi#@ First Cadet 43esture;

Ahh?P((t@ %e )uiche 43oes up to him, furious.; Ho) dare youC First Cadet A Gas!on=s ,un ne.er re!oi#s@ %e )uiche 4/hakes him by the arm.; You are drun-First Cadet 4/uperbly; Bith the sme## o( o)der@ %e )uiche 4Turns away with a shru ; Bah@ 4To -oxane; *adame/ ha.e you de!idedC *o.ane 1 stay here %e )uiche You ha.e time to es!a e*o.ane No@ %e )uiche 0ery )e##-someone ,i.e me a mus-et Carbon BhatC %e )uiche 7 stay here a#so3 Cyrano 4+ormally; Sir/ you sho) !oura,e@ First Cadet A Gas!on in s ite o( a## that #a!e@ *o.ane Bhy%e )uiche

*ust 1 run a)ay/ and #ea.e a )omanC 0EC1(% CA%ET 4To first cadet9 Be mi,ht ,i.e him somethin, to eat-)hat do you sayD 8all the food re;appears, as if by ma ic3; %E )2/CHE (His face li hts up.9 A (east@ TH/*% CA%ET Here a #itt#e/ there a #itt#e%E )2/CHE (-ecovers his self;control*hau htily.9 Do you thin- 1 )ant your #ea.in,sC C4*A(1 8/(.6T7N39 !o#one#- you im ro.e@ %E )2/CHE 1 !an (i,ht as 1 am@ F/*0T CA%ET 4:,.73HT,:9 Listen to him- he has an a!!ent@ %E )2/CHE 4lau hs9 Ha.e 1 soC F/*0T CA%ET A Gas!on @ A Gas!on/ a(ter a##@ 8They all be in to dance.9 CA*B1( 8=ho has disappeared for a moment behind the parapet, reappears on top of it.9 1 ha.e #a!ed my i-emen here3 87ndicates a row of pikes showin above the parapet.9 %E )2/CHE 8Bows to ro.ane&9 Be=## re.ie) them2 )i## you ta-e my armC 8she takes his arm* they o up on the paparet.The rest uncover, and follow them up sta e.9 CH*/0T/A( 83oes hurriedly to Cyrano' S ea- +ui!-#y@ 8(t the moment when -oxane appears on the paparet, the pikes are lowered in salute , and a cheer is heard. /he bows.9 THE P/3E,E( 8off sta e9 Hurrah@

CH*/0T/A( Bhat is itC C4*A(1 1( Ro%ane? CH*/0T/A( Be##C C4*A(1 S ea- a"out your #etters? CH*/0T/A( 4es7 / kno<B C4*A(1 Do not ma-e the mista-e o( sho)in,? CH*/0T/A( BhatC C4*A(1 Sho)in, sur rise3 CH*/0T/A( Sur rise-)hyC

C4*A(1 1 must te## you@333 1t is +uite sim #e-1 had (or,etten it unti# no)3 You ha.e? CH*/0T/A( S ea- +ui!-#y@ C4*A(1 You ha.e )ritten o(tener than you thinCH*/0T/A( Oh-ha.e 1@ C4*A(1 1 too- u on me to inter ret you2 and )rote-sometimes?)ithout? CH*/0T/A( *y -no)in,3 Be##C C4*A(1 Per(e!t#y sim #e@

CH*/0T/A( Oh yes / er(e!t#y@-'or a month/ )e ha.e "een "#o!-aded here@Ho) did you send a## these #ettersC C4*A(1 Be(ore Day#i,ht/ 1 mana,edCH*/0T/A( 1 see3 That )as a#so er(e!t#y sim #e3- so 1 )rote to her/ Ho) many times a )ee-C T)i!eC Three timesC 'ourC C4*A(1 O(tener3 CH*/0T/A( E.ery dayC C4*A(1 Yes-e.ery day? E.ery sin,#e day? CH*/0T/A( 8>iolently9 and that )rou,ht you u into su!h a (#ame that you (a!ed deathC4*A(1 8 sees ro.ane returnin .9 hush- not "e(ore her@ 8 he oes 0uickly into the tent. *o.ane comes up to Christian9 *1:A(E No)-Christian@ CH*/0T/A( 8takes her hands.9 Te## me no) )hy you !ame here-o.er these ruined roads-)hy you made youre )ay amon, mosstroo ers and ru((ians-you- to Doin me hereC *1:A(E Be!ause-your #etters? CH*/0T/A( *eanin,C *1:A(E 1t )as your o)n (au#t i( 1 ran into dan,er@ )ent mad-mad )ith you@ Thin- )hat you ha.e )ritten me/ ho) many times/ ea!h one more )onder(u# than the #ast@ CH*/0T/A( A## this (or a (e) a"surd #o.e-#etters*1:A(E

Hush-a"surd@ Ho) !an you >no)C 1 thou,ht 1 #o.ed you / e.er sin!e one ni,ht )hen a .oi!e that 1 ne.er )ou#d ha.e -no)n under my )indo) "reathed your sou# to me? ButPa## this time/ your #etters- e.ery one Bas #i-e hearin, your .oi!e there in the dar-/ a## around me/ #i-e youre arms around me? 8 more li htly9 at #ast/ 1 !ame anyone )ou#d@ Do you su ose the rim Pene#o e had stayed at home em"roiderin,/ -i( 5#ysses )rote #i-e youC She )ou#d ha.e (a##en #i-e another He#en-tu!-ed u those #inen etti!oats o( hers and (o##o)ed him to Troy@ CH*/0T/A( But you*1:A(E 1 read them o.er and o.er3 1 ,re) (aint readin, them3 1 "e#on,ed to you3 E.ery a,e o( them )as #i-e a eta# (a##en (rom your sou#-#i-e the #i,ht and the (ire o( a ,reat #o.e/ S)eet and stron, and trueCH*/0T/A( So you !ame? *1:A(E Oh / my !hristian/ oh my -in,/-#i(t me u i( 1 (a## u on my -nees- it is the heart o( me that -nee#s to you/ and )i## remain (ore.er at your (eet- you !annot #i(t that@*o.ane 1 !ame here to say N'or,i.e me=A41t is time to "e (or,i.en No)/ )hen )e may die resent#y;A(or,i.e me 'or "ein, #i,ht and .ain and #o.in, you On#y "e!ause you )ere "eauti(u# Christian 4(stonished9 Ro%ane@ 3 3 3 *o.ane A(ter)ards 1 -ne) "etter3 A(ter)ards 41 had to #earn to use my )in,s; 1 #o.ed you 'or yourse#( tooA-no)in, you more/ and #o.in, *ore o( you3 And no)A Christian No)C 3 3 3 *o.ane 1t is yourse#( 1 #o.e no)< your o)n se#(3 Christian 8Taken aback9 Ro%ane@

*o.ane 83ravely9 Be ha y@A You must ha.e su((ered2 (or you must ha.e seen Ho) (ri.o#ous 1 )as2 and to "e #o.ed 'or the mere !ostume/ the oor !asua# "ody You )ent a"out inAto a sou# #i-e yours/ That must ha.e "een torture@ There(ore )ith )ords You re.ea#ed your heart3 No) that ima,e o( you Bhi!h (i##ed my eyes (irstA1 see "etter no)/ And 1 see it no more@ Christian Oh@A *o.ane You sti## dou"t Your .i!toryC Christian 82iserably9 Ro%ane@A *o.ane 1 understand< You !annot er(e!t#y "e#ie.e in meA A #o.e #i-e thisA Christian 1 )ant no #o.e #i-e this@ 1 )ant #o.e on#y (orA *o.ane On#y (or )hat E.ery )oman sees in youC 1 !an do Better than that@ Christian NoAit )as "est "e(ore@ *o.ane You do not a#to,ether -no) me 3 3 3 Dear/ There is more o( me than there )asA)ith this/ 1 !an #o.e more o( youAmore o( )hat ma-es You your o)n se#(ATru#y@ 3 3 3 1( you )ere #ess Lo.a"#eA Christian No@

*o.ane ALess !harmin,Au,#y e.enA 1 shou#d #o.e you sti##3 Christian You mean thatC *o.ane 1 do *ean that@ Christian 5,#yC 3 3 3 *o.ane Yes3 E.en then@ Christian 8( oni!ed9 Oh 3 3 3 God@ 3 3 3 *o.ane No) are you ha yC Christian 8)hokin 9 Yes 3 3 3 *o.ane Bhat is itC
CH*/0T/A(

85ushes her away ently.9 On#y 3 3 3 Nothin, 3 3 3 one moment 3 3 3 *1:A(E ButA Christian 83esture toward the )adets9 1 am -ee in, you 'rom those oor (e##o)sAGo and smi#e at them2 They are ,oin, to die@ *o.ane 8/oftly9 Dear Christian@

Christian GoA 8/he oes up amon the 3ascons who ather round her respectfully.9 Cyrano@ Cyrano 8)omes out of the tent, armed for the battel.9 Bhat is )ron,C You #oo-A Christian She does not Lo.e me any more3 Cyrano 8/miles9 You thin- notC Christian 8Bitterly9 She #o.es on#y my sou#3 cyrano No@ CH*/0T/A( YesA That means you3 And you #o.e her3 C4*A(1 1C CH*/0T/A( 1 seeA 1 -no)@ Cyrano That is true 3 3 3 Christian *ore thanA

Cyrano 8Euietly9 *ore than that3 Christian Te## her so@ Cyrano No3

Christian Bhy notC Cyrano BhyA#oo- at me@ Christian She )ou#d #o.e me i( 1 )ere u,#y3 Cyrano 8Half to himself9 1t )as ,ood o( her To te## you that 3 3 3 8)han e of tone9 Nonsense@ Do you "e#ie.e Any su!h madnessA 1t )as ,ood o( her To te## you 3 3 3 Do not ta-e her at her )ord@ Go onAyou ne.er )i## "e u,#yAGo@ She )ou#d ne.er (or,i.e me3 Christian That is )hat Be sha## see3 Cyrano No/ noA Christian Let her !hoose "et)een us@A Te## her e.erythin,@ Cyrano NoAyou torture meA Christian Sha## 1 ruin your ha iness/ "e!ause 1 ha.e a !ursed retty (a!eC That seems Too un(air@

C4*A(1 And am 1 to ruin yours Be!ause 1 ha en to "e "orn )ith o)er To say )hat you-- erha s--(ee#C

CH*/0T/A( Te## her@ C4*A(1 *an-- Do not try me too (ar@ CH*/0T/A( 1 am tired o( "ein, my o)n ri.a#@ C4*A(1 Christian@-CH*/0T/A( Our se!ret marria,e--no )itnesses--(raudu#ent--that !an "e annu##ed-C4*A(1 Do not try me-CH*/0T/A( 1 )ant her #o.e (or the oor (oo# 1 am--or not at a##@ Oh/ 1 am ,oin, throu,h )ith this@ 1 -no)/ One )ay or the other3 No) 1 sha## )a#- do)n To the end o( the ost3 Go te## her3 Let her !hoose One o( us C4*A(1 1t )i## "e you3 CH*/0T/A( God--1 ho e so@ 8He turns and calls.9 Ro%ane@ C4*A(1 No--no-*1:A(E 8Hurries down to him.9 Yes/ ChristianC CH*/0T/A( Cyrano has ne)s (or you--im ortant3 8/he turns to C4*A(13 CH*/0T/A( oes out.9

*1:A(E 8.i htly9 Oh-- im ortantC C4*A(1

He is ,one3 3 3 8To *1:A(E9 Nothin,--on#y Christian thin-s you ou,ht to -no)-*1:A(E 1 do -no)3 He sti## dou"ts )hat 1 to#d him Dust no)3 1 sa) that3 C4*A(1 8Takes her hand.9 Bas it true--)hat you to#d him Dust no)C *1:A(E 1t )as true@ 1 said that 1 shou#d #o.e him e.en3 3 3 C4*A(1 Say it-- 1 sha## not "e hurt@-- 5,#yC *1:A(E E.en then 1 shou#d #o.e him3 8( few shorts, off sta e, in the direction in which CH*/0T/A( disappeared.9 Har-@ The ,uns-C4*A(1 HideousC *1:A(E Hideous3 C4*A(1 Dis(i,uredC *1:A(E Or dis(i,ured3 C4*A(1 E.en ,rotes+ueC *1:A(E Ho) !ou#d he e.er "e ,rotes+ue-E.er--to me@ C4*A(1 But you !ou#d #o.e him so/ As mu!h asC-*1:A(E Yes--and more@ C4*A(1 8(side, excitedly9

1t is true@--true@-Perha s--God@ This is too mu!h ha iness3 3 3 8To *1:A(E9 1--Ro%ane--#isten-+E B*ET 8,nters 0uickly* calls to C4*A(1 in a low tone.9 Cyrano-C4*A(1 8Turns9 YesC +E B*ET Hush@3 3 3 8=hispers a few words to him.9 C4*A(1 8.ets fall Ro%ane=s hand.9 Ah@ *1:A(E Bhat is itC C4*A(1 8Half stunned, and aside9 A## ,one3 3 3 *1:A(E 82ore shots9 Bhat is itC Oh/ They are (i,htin,@-8/he oes up to look off sta e.9 C4*A(1 A## ,one3 1 !annot e.er te## her/ no)3 3 3 e.er3 3 3 *1:A(E 8/tarts to rush away.9 Bhat has ha enedC C4*A(1 8-estrains her.9 Nothin,3 8/everal )adets enter. They conceal somethin which they are carryin , and form a roup so as to prevent Ro%ane from seein their burden.9 *1:A(E These men-C4*A(1 Come a)ay3 3 3

8He leads her away from the roup.9 *1:A(E You )ere te##in, me somethin,-C4*A(1 Oh/ thatC Nothin,3 3 383ravely9 1 s)ear to you that the s irit o( Christian--that is sou# )as-8)orrects himself 0uickly.9 That his sou# is no #ess ,reat-Ro%ane 8)atches at the word.9 BasC 8)ryin out9 Oh@-8/he rushes amon the men , and scatters them.9 C4*A(1 A## ,one3 3 3 *1:A(E 8/ees CH*/0T/A( lyin upon his cloak.9 Christian@ +E B*ET 8To C4*A(19 At the (irst .o##ey3 8*1:A(E throws herself upon the body of CH*/0T/A(3 /hots* at first scattered, then increasin . :rums. >oices shoutin .9 CA*B1( 8/word in hand9 Here they !ome@--Ready@-8+ollowed by the )adets, he climbs over the parapet and disappears.9 *1:A(E Christian@ CA*B1( 81ff sta e9 Come on/ there/ You@ *1:A(E Christian@ CA*B1( 'a## in@ *1:A(E Christian@

CA*B1( *easure youre (use@ 4R!-&#"#!& hurries up, carryin a helmet full of water.; CH*/0T/A(8faintly9 Ro%ane@333 C4*A(1 8low and 0uick , in CH*/0T/A(C0 ear, while *1:A(E is dippin into water a strip of linen torn from her dress.9 1 ha.e to#d her2 she #o.es you3 4CH*/0T/A( closes his eyes.9 *1:A(E 8turns to CH*/0T/A(3; Yes/ my dar#in,C CA*B1( Dra) your ramrods@ *1:A(E 8to Cyrano; He is not deadC333 CA*B1( O en youre !har,es@ *1:A(E 1 !an (ee# his !hee- ,ro)in, !o#d a,ainst mineCA*B1( Ta-e aim@ *1:A(E A #etter- O.er his heart; 8she opens it.9 'or me3 C4*A(1 8aside.9 *y #etter333 CA*B1( 'ire@@@ 82usketry, cries and roans. din of battle.9 C4*A(1 8Tryin to withdraw his hand, which ROLANE / still upon her knees, is holdin .9 But Ro%ane-they are (i,htin,-

*1:A(E Bait a #itt#e333 6T9 He is dead3 No one e#se -ne) him "ut you33 8 she weeps 0uietly.9 Bas he not a ,reat #o.er/a ,reat man/ a heroC C4*A(1 4standin bareheaded.9 Yes/ ro%ane *1:A(E A oet/ un-no)n/ adora"#eC C4*A(1 Yes/ Ro%ane *1:A(E A (ine mindC C4*A(1 Yes/ Ro%ane *1:A(E A heart dee er than )e -ne)A sou# ma,ni(i!ent#y tenderC C4*A(1 8+irmly.9 Yes/ Ro%ane@ *1:A(E 8sinks down upon the breast of CHR1ST1AN3; He is dead no)333 C4*A(1 8(side* draws his sword.9 Bhy/ so am 1- 'or 1 am dead / and my #o.e mourns (or me And does not -no)333 8 Trumpets in the distance9 %E )2/CHE 8 (ppears on the parapet, disheveled, wounded on the fore head,shoutin .9 The si,na#- har--the trum ets@ The army has returned- Ho#d them no)@-Ho#d them@ The army @-

*1:A(E On his #etter- "#ood333 and tears

A V1/CE 8off sta e9 Surrender@ THE CA%ET0 No@ *A)2E(EA2 This #a!e is dan,erous@C4*A(1 8to DE GUICHE.9 Ta-e her a)ay-1 am ,oin,*1:A(E 8Fisses the letter* faintly.9 His "#ood333 his tears333 *A)2E(EA2 8leaps down from the coach and runs to her.9 She has (ainted%E )2/CHE 81n the parapet* sava ely to the cadets9 Ho#d them@@@ V1/CE 1F 0TA)E Lay do)n your arms@@ V1/CE0 No@ No@ C4*A(1 8To %E )2/CHE; Sir/ you ha.e ro.ed yourse#(- ta-e !are o( her3 %E )2/CHE 8Hurries to *1:A(E and take her up in his arms.9 As you )i## )e !an )in / i( you ho#d on a #itt#e #on,erC4*A(1 Good@ 4calls out to *1:A(E as she is carried away, faintin , by %E )2/CHE

and *A)2E(EA23; Adieu/ Ro%ane@ 8Tumult, out cries. several cadets come back wounded and fall on the sta e CYRANO , rushin to the fi ht, is stopped on the crest by the parapet by CARBON , covered with blood.9

CA*B1( Be are "rea-in, 1 am t)i!e )oundedC4*A(1 8/houts to the ascons.9 Hardi@ Re!u#ez as/ dro##os@ 8 to )(-B1N, holdin him up.9 So ne.er M(ear@ 1 ha.e t)o deaths to a.en,e no)Christians=s and my o)n@ 8They come down now, )?-(N1 takes from him the lance with -1G(N,#/ handkerchief still fastened to it.9 '#oat / #itt#e "anner/ )ith her name@ $HI 8He plants it on the parapet* then shouts to the cadets.9 Toum"e dessus@ Es!rasses #ous@ 8To the fifer9 You/ (i(e@ *usi!@ 8+ife plays. The wounded dra themselves to their feet. 1ther cadets scramble over the parapet and roup themselves around )?-(N1 and his tiny fla . The coach is filled and covered with men bristlin with muskets, transformed into a re; doubt.9 A CA%ET 8-eels backward over the wall, still fi htin . /houts9 They are !#im"in, o.er@8(nd falls dead.9 C4*A(1 0ery ,ood Let them !ome@- a sa#ute no)8The parapet is crowned for an instant with a rank of enemies. The imperial banner of /pain is raised aloft.9 'ire@ 83eneral volley9 V1/CE 8(mon the ranks of the enemy9 'ire@ 82urderous counter fire* the cadets fall on every side9

A 0PA(/0H 1FF/CE* 8uncovers9 Bho are these men )ho are so (ond o( deathC C4*A(1 8,rect amid the hail of bullet, declaims9 The !adets o( Gas!oyne/ the de(enders o( !ar"on De !aste#- Da#ou%'ree (i,hters/ (ree #o.ers/ (ree s enders4He rushes forward, followed by a few survivors.9 The !adets o( Gas!oyne? 8The rest is lost in the dim of battle9 8)urtain9

The Fi-th Act Cy$!"o’. G!/#,,# +ifteen years later, in $%JJ: THE PAR> O' THE CON0ENT occupied by the .adies of the )ross, at 5aris. 2a nificent folia e. To the .eft, the House upon a broad Terrace at the head of a fli ht of steps, with several :oors openin upon the Terrace. 7n the centre of the scene an enormous Tree alone in the centre of a little open space. Toward the -i ht, in the fore round, amon Boxwood Bushes, a semicircular Bench of stone. A## the )ay a!ross the Ba!-,round o( the s!ene/ an A.enue o.erar!hed "y the !hestnut trees/ #eadin, to the door o( a Cha e# on the Ri,ht/ Dust .isi"#e amon, the "ran!hes o( the tress3 Beyond the dou"#e !urtain o( the trees/ )e !at!h a ,#im se o( "ri,ht #a)ns and shaded )a#-s/ masses o( shru""ery2 the ers e!ti.e o( the Par-2 the s-y3 ( little side door of the )hapel opens upon a )olonnade, arlanded with (utumnal vines, and disappearin on the -i ht behind the box;trees. 7t is late 1ctober. (bove the still livin reen of the turf all the folia e is red and yellow and brown. The ever reen masses of Box and ?ew stand out darkly a ainst this (utumnal colorin . ( heap of dead leaves under every tree. The leaves are fallin everywhere. They rustle underfoot alon the walks* the Terrace and the Bench are half covered with them. Before the Bench on the -i ht, on the side toward the Tree, is placed a tall embroidery frame and beside it a little )hair. Baskets filled with the skeins of many; colored silks and balls of wool. Tapestry unfinished on the +rame. (t the C5RTA1N R1SE the nuns are comin and oin across the 5ark* several of them are seated on the Bench around *OTHER *ARG5UR1TE DE $US5S3 The leaves are fallin . S1STER *ARTHE 8To MOTHER MARGU0RITE9 Sister C#aire has "een #oo-in, in the ,#ass At her ne) !a 2 t)i!e@

*OTHER *ARG5UR1TE 8To 0/0TE* C+A/*E9 1t is .ery #ain2 0ery3 S1STER CLA1RE And Sister *arthe sto#e a #um Out o( the tart this mornin,@

*OTHER *ARG5UR1TE 8To 0/0TE* ,A*THE9 That )as )ron,2 0ery )ron,3 S1STER CLA1RE Oh/ "ut su!h a #itt#e #oo-@ S1STER *ARTHE Su!h a #itt#e #um@ *OTHER *ARG5UR1TE 8/everely9 1 sha## te## *onsieur De Cyrano/ this e.enin,3 S1STER CLA1RE No@ Oh/ no@A He )i## ma-e (un o( us3 S1STER *ARTHE He )i## say nuns Are so ,ay@ S1STER CLA1RE And so ,reedy@ *OTHER *ARG5UR1TE 8/milin 9 And so ,ood 3 3 3 S1STER CLA1RE 1t must "e ten years/ *other *ar,uKrite/ That he has !ome here e.ery Saturday/ 1s it notC *OTHER *ARG5UR1TE *ore than ten years2 e.er sin!e His !ousin !ame to #i.e amon, us hereA

Her )or#d#y )eeds amon, out #inen .ei#s/ Her )ido)hood and our .ir,inityA Li-e a "#a!- do.e amon, )hite do.es3 S1STER *ARTHE No one E#se e.er turns that ha y sorro) o( hers 1nto a smi#e3 ALL THE N5NS He is su!h (un@AHe ma-es us A#most #au,h@AAnd he teases e.eryoneA And #eases e.eryoneAAnd )e a## #o.e himA And he #i-es our !a-e/ tooA S1STER *ARTHE 1 am a(raid He is not a ,ood Catho#i!3 S1STER CLA1RE Some day Be sha## !on.ert him3 THE N5NS YesAyes@ *OTHER *ARG5UR1TE Let him "e2 1 (or"id you to )orry him3 Perha s He mi,ht sto !omin, here3 S1STER *ARTHE But 3 3 3 GodC *OTHER *ARG5UR1TE You need not Be a(raid3 God -no)s a## a"out him3 S1STER *ARTHE Yes 3 3 3 But e.ery Saturday he says to me/ $ust as i( he )ere roud o( it< EBe##/ Sister/ 1 ate meat yesterday@F *OTHER *ARG5UR1TE He te##s you soC The #ast time he said that/ he had not eaten Anythin,/ (or t)o days3 S1STER *ARTHE *other@A

*other *ar,uKrite He is oor2 0ery oor3 S1STER *ARTHE Bho said soC *OTHER *ARG5UR1TE *onsieur Le Bret3 S1STER *ARTHE Bhy does not someone he# himC *OTHER *ARG5UR1TE He )ou#d "e An,ry2 .ery an,ry 3 3 3 8Between the trees up sta e, ROLANE appears, all in black, with a widow#s cap and lon veils. DE G51CHE/ ma nificently rown old, walks beside her. The move slowly. *OTHER *ARG5UR1TE rises.9 Let us ,o inA *adame *ade#eine has a .isitor3 S1STER *ARTHE 8To 0/0TE* C+A/*E9 The Du! de Grammont/ is it notC The *arsha#C S1STER CLA1RE 8.ooks towards %E )2/CHE9 1 thin- soAyes3 S1STER *ARTHE He has not "een to see her 'or monthsA THE N5NS He is "usyAthe Court@Athe Cam @A S1STER CLA1RE The )or#d@ 3 3 3 8They o out. %E )2/CHE and *1:A(E come down in silence, and stop near the embroidery frame. 5ause.9 DE G51CHE And you remain here/ )astin, a## that ,o#dA 'or e.er in mournin,C ROLANE 'ore.er3

DE G51CHE And sti## (aith(u#C ROLANE And sti## (aith(u# 3 3 3 DE G51CHE 8(fter a pause9 Ha.e you (or,i.en meC ROLANE 8/imply, lookin up at the cross of the )onvent9 1 am here3 8(nother pause9 DE G51CHE Bas Christian 3 3 3 a## thatC ROLANE 1( you -ne) him3 DE G51CHE AhC Be )ere not re!ise#y 3 3 3 intimate 3 3 3 And his #ast #etterM a#)ays at your heartC ROLANE 1t han,s here/ #i-e a ho#y re#i+uary3 DE G51CHE DeadM and you #o.e him sti##@ ROLANE Sometimes 1 thin- he has not a#to,ether died< our hearts meet/ and his #o.e (#o)s a## around me/ #i.in,3 DE G51CHE 4(fter another pause; You see Cyrano o(tenC ROLANE *y o#d (riend ta-es the #a!e o( my Gazette/ "rin,s me a## the ne)s3 E.ery Saturday/ under that tree )here you are no)/ his !hair stand/ i( the day "e (ine3 1 )ait (or him/ em"roiderin,2 the hour stri-e2 then 1 hear/ 41 need not turn to #oo-@; at the #ast stro-e/ his !ane ta in, the ste s3 He #au,hs at me (or my eterna# need#e)or-3 He te##s the story o( the ast )ee-M 4LE BRET appears on the steps.; There=s Le Bret@ M 4LE BRET approaches; Ho) is it )ith our (riendC

LE BRET Bad#y3 DE G51CHE 1ndeedC ROLANE 4To DE G51CHE; Oh/ he e%a,,erates@ LE BRET $ust as 1 saidM #one#iness/ miseryM 1 to#d him so@M His satires ma-e a host o( enemiesM he atta!-s the (a#se no"#es/ the (a#se saints/ the (a#se heroes/ the (a#se artistsM in short/ e.eryone@ ROLANE But they (ear that s)ord o( hisM no one dare tou!h him@

DE G51CHE 4=ith a shru ; H=mM that may "e so3 LE BRET 1t is not .io#en!e 1 (ear (or him/ "ut so#itudeM o.ertyM o#d ,ray De!em"er/ stea#in, on )o#(=s (eet/ )ith a )o#(=s ,reen eyes/ into his dar-enin, room3 Those "ra.oes yet may stri-e our S)ordsman do)n@ E.eryday no)/ he dra)s his "e#t u one ho#e2 his oor nose #oo-s #i-e o#d i.ory2 he has one !oat #e(tM his o#d "#a!- ser,e3 DE G51CHE That is nothin, stran,e in this )or#d@ No/ you need not ity him o.ermu!h3 LE BRET 4=ith a bitter smile; *y #ord *arsha#@333 DE G51CHE 1 say/ do not ity him o.ermu!h3 He #i.es his #i(e/ his o)n #i(e/ his o)n )ayM thou,ht/ )ord/ and deed (ree@ LE BRET 4(s before; *y #ord Du-e@333 DE G51CHE 4Hau htily; Yes/ 1 -no)M 1 ha.e a##2 he has nothin,3 Ne.erthe#ess/ to-day 1 shou#d "e roud to sha-e his hand? 4/alutin ROLANE3; Adieu3

ROLANE 1 )i## ,o )ith you 4DE G51CHE salutes LE BRET, and turns with ROLANE toward the steps; DE G51CHE 45auses on the steps, as she climbs.; YesM 1 en.y him no) and then? Do you -no)/ )hen a man )ins e.erythin, in this )or#d/ )hen he su!!eeds too mu!hM he (ee#s/ ha.in, done nothin, )ron, es e!ia##y/ Hea.en -no)s@ M He (ee#s someho) a thousand sma## dis #easures )ith himse#(/ )hose )ho#e sum is not +uite Remorse/ "ut rather a sort o( .a,ue dis,ust? The du!a# ro"es mountin, u / ste "y ste / to ride and o)er/ some)here amon, their (o#ds dra) a(ter them a rust#e o( dry i##usions/ .ain re,rets/ as your .ei#/ u the stairs here/ dra)s a#on, the )his er o( dead #ea.es3 ROLANE 47ronical; The sentiment does you honor3 DE G51CHE Oh/ yes? 45ausin suddenly.; *onsieur Le Bret@ 4To ROLANE; You ardon usC 4He oes to LE BRET, and speaks in a low tone.; One momentM 1t is true that no one dares atta!- your (riend3 Some eo #e dis#i-e him/ none the #ess3 The other day at Court/ su!h a one said to me< EThis man Cyrano may dieM a!!identa##y3F LE BRET 4)oldly; Than- you3 DE G51CHE You may than- me3 >ee him at home a## you !an3 Te## him to "e !are(u#3 LE BRET 4/hakin his hands to heaven.; Care(u#@M He is !omin, here3 1=## )arn himM yes/ "ut@333 ROLANE 4/till on the steps, to a Nun who approaches her; Here 1 amM )hat is itC THE N5N *adame/ Ra,ueneau )ishes to see you3 ROLANE Brin, him here3

4To LE BRET and DE G51CHE; He !omes (or sym athyM ha.in, "een (irst o( a## a Poet/ he "e!ame sin!e then/ in turn/ a Sin,erM LE BRET Bath-house -ee erM ROLANE Sa!ristianM LE BRET A!torM ROLANE HairdresserM LE BRET *usi!-masterM ROLANE No)/ to-dayM RAG5ENEA5 4,nters hurriedly.; *adame@M 4He sees LE BRET; *onsieur@M ROLANE 4/milin ; 'irst te## your trou"#es to Le Bret (or a moment3 RAG5ENEA5 But *adameM 4/he oes out, with %E )2/CHE, not hearin him. *A)2E(EA2 comes to +E B*ET.; A(ter a##/ 1 had ratherM You are hereM she need not -no) so soonM 1 )ent to see him Dust no)M Our (riendM As 1 !ame near his door/ 1 sa) him !omin, out3 1 hurried on to Doin him3 At the !orner o( the street/ as he assedM Cou#d it "e an a!!identCM 1 )onder@M At the )indo) o.erhead/ a #a!-ey )ith a hea.y #o, o( )ood #et it (a##M LE BRET Cyrano@ RAG5ENEA5 1 ran to himM LE BRET God@ The !o)ards@

*A)2E(EA2 1 (ound him #yin, there-a ,reat ho#e in his head+E B*ET 1s he a#i.eC *A)2E(EA2 A#i.e-yes3 But?1 had to !arry him u to his room-Dieu@ Ha.e you seen his roomC+E B*ET 1s he su((erin,C *A)2E(EA2 No2 un!ons!ious3 +E B*ET Did you !a## a do!torC *A)2E(EA2 One !ame-(or !harity3 +E B*ET Poor Cyrano@-Be must not te## Ro%ane a## at on!e?Did the do!tor sayC*A)2E(EA2 He said (e.er/ and #esions o( the- 1 (or,et those #on, names-Ah/ i( you had seen him there/ his head a## )hite "anda,es@-Let us ,o +ui!-#y-there is no one to !are (or him-a## a#one-1( he tries to raise his head/ he may die@ +E B*ET 8:raws him away to the -i ht.9 This )ay-1t is shorter-throu,h the Cha e#*1:A(E 8(ppears on the stairway, and calls to .e Bret as he is oin out by the colonnade which leads to the small door of the )hapel.9 *onsieur Le Bret@8.e Bret and -a ueneau rush off without hearin .9 Runnin, a)ay )hen 1 !a## to himC Poor dear Ra,ueneau must ha.e "een .ery tra,i!@ 8/he comes slowly down the stair, toward the tree.9 Bhat a day@333 Somethin, in these "ri,ht Autumn a(ternoons ha y and yet re,ret(u#-an o#d sorro) smi#in,? as thou,h oor #itt#e A ri# dried her tears #on, a,o-and remem"ered? 8/he sits down at her work. Two Nuns come out of the house carryin a reat chair and set it under the tree.9 Ah-the o#d !hair/ (or my o#d (riend@0/0TE* ,A*THE The "est one in our "est ar#or@*1:A(E

Than- you/ Sister8The Nuns withdraw.9 There8/he be ins embroiderin . The clock strikes.9 The hour@-He )i## "e !omin, no)-my si#-s- a## done stri-in,C He ne.er )as so #ate "e(ore@ The sister at the door-my thim"#e?to re ent a## his sins? 8( pause9 He ou,ht to "e !on.erted/ "y this time-Another #ea(8( dead lead falls on her work* she brushes it away.9 Certain#y nothin, !ou#d-my s!issors- e.er -ee him a)ayA (2( 8(ppears on the steps.9 *onsieur de Ber,era!3 *1:A(E 8=ithout turnin 9 Bhat )as 1 sayin,C333Hard/ sometimes/ to mat!h these (aded !o#ors@333 8=hile she oes on workin , )yrano appears at the top of the steps, very pale, his hat drawn over his eyes. The Nun who has brou ht him in oes away. He be ins to descend the steps leanin on his cane, and holdin himself on his feet only by evident effort. -oxane turns to him, with a tone of friendly banter.9 A(ter (ourteen years/ #ate-(or the (irst time@

C4*A(1 8-eaches the chair, and sinks into it* his ay tone contrastin with his tortured face.9 Yes/ yes-maddenin,@ 1 )as detained "y*1:A(E Be##C C4*A(1 A .isitor/ most une% e!ted3 *1:A(E 8)arelessly, still sewin 9 Bas your .isitor tiresomeC C4*A(1 Bhy/ hard#y that-ino a!+uaintan!e3 ortune/ #et us say-an o#d (riend o( mine-at #east a .ery o#d

*1:A(E Did you te## him to ,o a)ayC C4*A(1 'or the time "ein,/ yes3 1 said< EE%!use me-this Saturday- 1 ha.e a re.ious en,a,ement/ one 1 !annot miss/ e.en (or you- Come "a!- and hour (rom no)3F

*1:A(E Your (riend )i## ha.e to )ait2 1 sha## not #et you ,o ti## dar-3 C4*A(1 8>ery ently9 Perha s a #itt#e "e(ore dar-/ 1 must ,o? 8He leans back in the chair, and closes his eyes. /ister 2arthe crosses above the stairway. -oxane sees her, motions her to wait, then turns to )yrano9 *1:A(E Loo-- Some"ody )aitin, to "e teased3 C4*A(1 8Euickly, opens his eyes.9 O( !ourse@ 87n a bi , comic voice9 Sister/ a roa!h@ 8/ister 2arthe lides toward him.9 Beauti(u# do)n!ast eyes@-So shy0/0TE* ,A*THE 8looks up. /milin .9 You-8/he sees his face.9 Oh@-

C4*A(1 87ndicates -oxane.9 Sh@-Care(u#@ 8-esumes his burles0ue tone.9 Yesterday/ 1 ate meat a,ain@ 0/0TE* ,A*THE Yes/ 1 -no)3 8(side9 That is )hy he #oo-s so a#e? 4To him: low and 0uickly9 1n the re(e!tory/ "e(ore you ,o-!ome to me there1=## ma-e you a ,reat "o)# o( hot sou -)i## you !omeC C4*A(1 8Boisterously9 Ah-Bi## 1 !ome@ 0/0TE* ,A*THE You are +uite reasona"#e to-day@ *1:A(E Has she !on.erted youC

0/0TE* ,A*THE Oh/ no-not (or the )or#d@ C4*A(1 Bhy/ no) 1 thin- o( it/ that is so-you/ "urstin, )ith ho#iness/ and yet you ne.er rea!h@ Astonishin, 1 !a## it? 8=ith burles0ue ferocity9 Ah-no) 1=## astonish you-1 am ,oin, to8=ith the air of seekin for a ood 4oke and findin it9 - #et you ray (or me To-ni,ht/ at .es ers@ *o.ane Aha@ Cyrano Loo- at herA"so#ute#y stru!- dum"@ 0ister ,arthe 83ently9 1 did not )ait (or you to say 1 mi,ht3 8/he oes out9 Cyrano 8-eturns to -oxane, who is bendin over her work.9 No)/ may the de.i# Admire me/ i( 1 e.er ho e to see The end o( em"roidery@ *o.ane 8/milin 9 1 thou,ht 1t )as time you said that3 8( breath of wind causes a few leaves to fall.9 Cyrano The #ea.es*o.ane 8-aises her head and looks away throu h the trees.9 Bhat !o#orPer(e!t 0enetian red@ Loo- at them (a##3 Cyrano Yes- they -no) ho) to die3 A #itt#e )ay 'rom the "ran!h to the earth/ a #itt#e (ear O( min,#in, )ith the !ommon dust- and yet They ,o do)n ,ra!e(u##y- a (a## that seems

Li-e (#yin,@ *o.ane *e#an!ho#y- youC Cyrano Bhy/ no/ Ro%ane@ *o.ane Then #et the #ea.es (a##3 Te## me no) The Court ne)s- my ,azette@ Cyrano Let me see*o.ane Ah@ Cyrano 82ore and more pale, stru lin a ainst pain9 Saturday/ the nineteenth2 the >in, (e## i##/ A(ter ei,ht he# in,s o( ,ra e marma#ade3 His ma#ady )as "rou,ht "e(ore the !ourt/ 'ound ,ui#ty o( hi,h treason2 )hereu on His maDesty re.i.ed3 The roya# u#se 1s no) norma#3 Sunday/ the t)entieth2 The Hueen ,a.e a ,rand "a##/ at )hi!h they "urned Se.en hundred and si%ty-three )a% !and#es3 Note< They say our troo s ha.e "een .i!torious 1n Austria3 Later< Three sor!erers Ha.e "een hun,3 S e!ia# ost< The #itt#e do, O( *adame d=Athis )as o"#i,ed to ta-e 'our i##s "e(ore*o.ane *onsieur de Ber,eraa!/ Bi## you -ind#y "e +uiet@ Cyrano *onday? nothin,3 Ly,damire has a ne) #o.er3 *o.ane Oh@ Cyrano 8His face more and more altered9 Tuesday/ the T)enty- se!ond< A## !ourt has ,one To 'ontaine"#eau3 Bednesday< The Comte de 'eis+ue S o-e to *adame de *ont,#at2 she said No3

Thursday< *an!ini )as the Hueen o( 'ran!e Or- .ery near#y@ 'riday< La *ont,#at Said Yes3 Saturday/ t)enty- si%th3 ? 8His eyes close* his head sinks back* silence.9 *o.ane 8/urprised at not hearin any more, turns, looks at him, and rises, fri htened.9 He has (ainted8/he runs to him, cryin out.9 Cyrano@ Cyrano 81pens his eyes.9 Bhat? Bhat is itC ? 8He sees Ro%ane leanin over him, and 0uickly pulls his hat down over his head and leans back away from her in the chair.9 Oh no- oh no- 1t is nothin,- tru#y@ *o.ane ButCyrano *y o#d )oundAt Arras- sometimes- you -no)?3 *o.ane *y oor (riend@ Cyrano Oh it is nothin,2 it )i## soon "e ,one?3 8+orcin a smile9 There@ 1t is ,one@ *o.ane 8/tandin close to him9 Be a## ha.e our o#d )ounds1 ha.e mine- here? 8Her hand at her breast9 under this (aded s!ra O( )ritin,? 1t is hard to read no)- a## But the "#ood- and the tears?3 8Twili ht be ins to fall.9 Cyrano His #etter@ ? Did you Not romise me that some day? that some day?3 You )ou#d #et me read itC

*1:A(E His #etterC M You? You )ishC4*A(1 1 do )ish it- to-day3 *o.ane 83ives him the little silken ba from around her neck.9 Here?3 C4*A(1 *ay 1 ? o en itC *1:A(E O en it/ and read3 8/he oes back to her work, folds it a ain, rearran es her silks.9 C4*A(1 86nfolds the letter* reads.9 E 'are)e## Ro%ane/ "e!ause to-day 1 dieF

*1:A(E 8.ooks up, surprised.9 A#oudC CYRANO 4Reads; E 1 -no) that it )i## "e to-day/ *y o)n dear#y "e#o.ed- and my heart Sti## so hea.y )ith #o.e 1 ha.e not to#d/ And 1 die )ithout te##in, you@ No more Sha## my eyes drin- the si,ht o( you #i-e )ine/ Ne.er more/ )ith a #oo- that is a -iss/ 'o##o) the s)eet ,ra!e o( youF ROLANE Ho) you read itHis #etter@

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C4*A(1 8)ontinues9 E 1 remem"er no) the )ay You ha.e/ o( ushin, "a!- a #o!- o( hair Bith one hand/ (rom your (orehead- and my heart Cries outF *1:A(E His #etter? and you read it so? 8The darkness increases imperceptibly.9 C4*A(1 E M *y o)n heart=s o)n/ *y o)n treasureF *1:A(E 8:reamily9 1n su!h a .oi!e?3 C4*A(1 E *y #o.eF

*1:A(E -As 1 remem"er hearin,? 8/he trembles9 -#on, a,o ? 4She !omes near him/ so(t#y/ )ithout his seein, her2 asses the !hair/ #eans o.er si#ent#y/ #oo-in, at the #etter3 The dar-ness in!reases3; C4*A(1 E- 1 am ne.er a)ay (rom you3 E.en no)/ 1 sha## not #ea.e you3 1n another )or#d/ 1 sha## "e sti## that one )ho #o.es you/ #o.es you Beyond measure/ "eyondF

*1:A(E 8.ays her hand on his shoulder.9 Ho) !an you read no)C 1t 1s dar-? 8He starts, turns, and sees her there close to him. ( little movement of surprise, almost of fear* then he bows his head. ( lon pause* then in the twili ht now completely a lon pause* then in the twili ht now completely fallen, she says very softly, claspin her hands9 And a## these (ourteen years He has "een the o#d (riend )ho !ame to me to "e amusin,3 C4*A(1 Ro%ane@A *1:A(E 1t )as you3 C4*A(1 No/ no/ Ra%ane/ no@ *1:A(E And 1 mi,ht ha.e -no)n/ E.ery time that 1 heard you s ea- my name@? C4*A(1 NoA1t )as not 1A *1:A(E 1t )as?you@ C4*A(1 1 s)earA *1:A(E 1 understand e.erythin, no)< the #ettersAThat )as you? C4*A(1 No@ *1:A(E And the dear/ (oo#ish )ordsAthat )as you? C4*A(1 No@ *1:A(E And the .oi!e?in the dar-?that )as?you@ C4*A(1 On my honorA *1:A(E And?the sou#@AThat )as a## you3

C4*A(1 1 ne.er #o.ed youA *1:A(E Yes/ you #o.ed me3 C4*A(1 8desperately9 NoAHe #o.ed youA *1:A(E E.en no)/ You #o.e me@ C4*A(1 8his voice weakens9 No@ *1:A(E 8/milin 9 And )hy?so ,reat a ENoFC C4*A(1 No/ no/ my o)n dear #o.e/ 1 #o.e you not@? 8pause9 *1:A(E Ho) many thin,s ha.e died?and are ne)"orn@? Bhy )ere you si#ent (or so many years/ A## the )hi#e/ e.ery ni,ht and e.ery day/ He ,a.e me nothin,Ayou -ne) thatAYou -ne) Here/ in this #etter #yin, on my "reast/ Your tearsAYou -ne) they )ere your tearsA C4*A(1 8Holds the letter out to her.9 The "#ood )as his3 *1:A(E Bhy do you "rea- that si#en!e no)/ To-dayC C4*A(1 BhyC Oh/ "e!auseA 8.e Bret and -a ueneau enter, runnin .9 +E B*ET Bhat re!-#essnessA1 -ne) it@ He is here@ C4*A(1 8/milin and tryin to rise9 Be##C Here 1 am@ *E)2E(EA2 He has -i##ed himse#(/ *adame/ !omin, here@

*1:A(E HeAOh/ God?And that (aintness?)as thatCA CYRANO Nothin,@ 1 did not (inish my GazetteA Saturday/ t)enty-si%th< An hour or so Be(ore dinner/ *onsieur de Ber,era! Died/ (ou##y murdered3 8He uncovers his head, and shows it swathed in banda es.9 *1:A(E Oh/ )hat does he meanCACyrano@ABhat ha.e they done to youCA C4*A(1 EStru!- do)n By the s)ord o( a hero/ #et me (a##A Stee# in my heart/ and #au,hter on my #i s@F Yes/ 1 said that on!e3 Ho) 'ate #o.es a Dest@ A Beho#d me am"ushedAta-en in the rearA *y "att#e(ie#d a ,utterAm no"#e (oe A #a!-ey/ )ith a #o, o( )ood@? 1t seems too #o,i!a#A1 ha.e missed e.erythin,/ E.en my death@ *A)2E(EA2 8Breaks down.9 Ah/ monsieur@ A C4*A(1 Ra,ueneau/ Sto "#u""erin,@ 8Takes his hand.9 Bhat are you )ritin, no)adays/ O#d oetR *A)2E(EA2 8Throu h his tears9 1 am not a oet no)2 1 snu(( theA#i,ht the !and#esA(or *o#iere@ C4*A(1 OhA*o#iere@ *A)2E(EA2 Yes/ "ut 1 am #ea.in, To-morro)3 Yesterday they #ayed ES!a in,F A He has sto#en your s!eneA +E B*ET The )ho#e s!eneA)ord (or )ord@ *A)2E(EA2 Yes< EBhat the de.i# )as he doin, thereF A3 That one@ +E B*ET 8+urious9 And *o#iere sto#e it a## (rom youA Bodi#y@A C4*A(1 BahA He sho)ed ,ood taste?

8To -a ueneau9 The S!ene )ent )e##C? *A)2E(EA2 Ah/ monsieur/ they #au,hedAand #au,hedA Ho) they did #au,h@ C4*A(1 YesAthat has "een my #i(e? Do you remem"er that ni,ht Christian s o-e 5nder your )indo)C 1t )as a#)ays so@ Bhi#e 1 stood in the dar-ness underneath/ Others !#im"ed u to )in the a #auseAthe -iss@ A Be##Athat seems on#y Dusti!eA 1 sti## say/ E.en no)/ on the thresho#d o( my tom"A E*o#iere has ,eniusAChristian had ,ood #oo-sAE 4The !ha e# "e## is rin,in,3 A#on, the a.enue o( trees a"o.e the stair)ay/ the Nuns ass in ro!ession to their rayers3; They are oin to pray now* there is the bell. ROXANE 4Rises herse#( and !a##s to them; /isterBA/isterBA CYRANO 4Ho#din, on to her hand; No, Ado not o awayA 7 may not still be here when you return< 4The nuns ha.e ,one into the !ha e#3 The or,an "e,ins to #ay3; ( little harmony is all 7 needA.isten< ROXANE ?ou shall not dieB 7 love youB A CYRANO NoAThat is not in the storyB ?ou remember =hen Beauty said, “7 love you" to the beast That was a fairy prince, his u liness )han ed and dissolved, like ma ic<But you see 7 am still the same. ROXANE And 1A1 ha.e done This to you@ A## my (au#t M mine@ Cyrano YouC Bhy no/ on the !ontrary@ 1 had ne.er -no) Bomanhood and its s)eetness "ut (or you3 *y mother did not #o.e to #oo- at me M 1 ne.er had a sister M Later on/ 'eared the mistress )ith a mo!-ery Behind her smi#e3 But you M "e!ause o( you 1 ha.e had one (riend Not +uite a## a (riends M

A!ross my #i(e/ one )his erin, si#-en ,o)n@? +e Bret 45oints to the risin moon which be ins to shine down between the trees.9 Your other (riend is #oo-in, at you Cyrano 4/27.7N3 (T TH, 211N9 1 see? *o.ane 1 ne.er #o.ed "ut one man in my #i(e/ And 1 ha.e #ost him M t)i!e? Cyrano Le Bret M 1 sha## "e u there resent#y 1n the moon M )ithout ha.in, to in.ent Any (#yin, ma!hines@ *o.ane Bhat are you sayin,C? Cyrano The moon M yes/ that )ou#d "e the #a!e (or me M *y -ind o( aradise@ 1 sha## (ind there Those other sou#s )ho shou#d "e (riends o( mine M So!rates M Ga#i#eo M +e Bret 4-,>1.T7N3; No@ No@ No@ 1t is too idioti! M too un(air M Su!h a (riend M su!h a oet M su!h a man To die so M to die so@ M 4(ffectionately; There ,oes Le Bret/ ,ro)#in,@
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+E B*ET 4Breaks down; *y (riend@ M Cyrano 4Half raises himself, his eye wanders.; The Cadets o( Gas!oyne/ The De(enders?3 The e#ementary mass M Ah M there=s the oint@ No)/ then? +e Bret De#irious M and a## that #earnin, M Cyrano On the other hand/

Be ha.e Co erni!us M *o.ane Oh@ Cyrano 42ore and more delirious; E0ery )e##/ Butt )hat the de.i# )as he doin, thereC M Bhat the de.i# )as he doin, there/ u thereCF ? 4He declaims; Phi#oso her and s!ientist/ Poet/ musi!ian due#ist M He (#e) hi,h/ and (e## "a!- do)n a,ain@ A retty )it M )hose #i-e )e #a!- M A #o.er? not #i-e other men?3 Here #ies Her!u#e-Sa.inien De Cyrano de Ber,era! M Bho )as a## thin,s M and a## in .ain@ Be##/ 1 must ,o M ardon M 1 !annot stay@ *y moon"eam !omes to !arry me a)ay?3 4He falls into the chair, half faintin . The sobbin of *1:A(E recalls him to reality. 3radually his mind comes back to him. He looks at her, strokin the veil that hides her hair3; 1 )ou#d not ha.e you mourn any the #ess That ,ood "ra.e/ no"#e Christian2 "ut erha s M 1 as- you on#y this M )hen the ,reat !o#d Gathers around my "ones/ that you may ,i.e A dou"#e meanin, to your )ido)=s )eeds And the tears you #et (a## (or him may "e 'or a #itt#e M my tears?3 *1:A(E 4/obbin ; Oh my #o.e@? Cyrano 4/uddenly shaken as with a fever fit, he raises himself erect and pushes her away3; -Not Here@ M Not #yin, do)n@? 4They sprin forward to help him* he motions them back3; Let no one he# me -no one@ M On#y the tree?3 4He sets his back a ainst the trunk. 5ause3; 1t is !omin,? 1 (ee# a#ready shod )ith mar"#e? ,#o.ed )ith #ead? 4Coyously; Let the o#d (e##o) !ome no)@ He sha## (ind me On my (eet M s)ord in hand M 4Dra)s his )ords.; +e Bret Cyrano@ M

*1:A(E 4Half faintin ; Oh/ Cyrano@ Cyrano 1 !an see him there M he ,rins M He is #oo-in, at my nose M that s-e#eton -Bhat=s that you sayC Ho e#essC M Bhy/ .ery )e##@ But a man does not (i,ht mere#y to )in@ No M no M "etter to -no) one (i,hts in .ain@ ? You there M )ho are youC A hundred a,ainst one M 1 -no) them no)/ my an!ient enemies 4He #un,es at the em ty air3; 'a#sehood@? There@ There@ PreDudi!e M Com romise M Co)ardi!e M 4Thrustin ; Bhat=s thatC No@ SurrenderC No@ Ne.er M ne.er@? Ah/ you too/ 0anity@ 1 -ne) you )ou#d o.erthro) me in the end M No@ 1 (i,ht on@ 1 (i,ht on@ 1 (i,ht on@ 4He swin s the blade in reat circles, then pauses, aspin . =hen he speaks a ain, it is in another tone3; Yes a## my #aure#s you ha.e ri.en a)ay And a## my roses2 yet in s ite o( you/ t Here is one !ro)n 1 "ear a)ay )ith me/ And to-ni,ht/ )hen 1 enter "e(ore God/ *y sa#ute sha## s)ee a## the stars a)ay 'rom the "#ue thresho#d@ One thin, )ithout stain/ 5ns otted (rom the )or#d/ in s ite o( doom *ine o)n@ M 4He sprin s forward, his sword aloft.9 And that is? 4The sword escapes from his hand* he totters, and falls into the arms of +E B*ET and *A)2E(EA2.9 *o.ane 4Bends over him and kisses him on the forehead3; - That is ? Cyrano 41pens his eyes and smiles up at her3; *y )hite #ume? 4)urtain;

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