Cyrano De Bergerac

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Author: Edmond Rostand

Scene 3.III. Roxane, the Duenna, Cyrano.

ROXANE:
We are going to Clomire’s house. (She points to the door opposite):
Alcandre and Lysimon are to discourse!

THE DUENNA (putting her little finger in her ear):
Yes! But my little finger tells me we shall miss them.

CYRANO:
’Twere a pity to miss such apes!

(They have come to Clomire’s door.)

THE DUENNA:
Oh, see! The knocker is muffled up! (Speaking to the knocker):
So they have gagged that metal tongue of yours, little noisy one, lest it should disturb the fine orators!

(She lifts it carefully and knocks with precaution.)

ROXANE (seeing that the door opens):
Let us enter! (On the threshold, to Cyrano):
If Christian comes, as I feel sure he will, bid him wait for me!

CYRANO (quickly, as she is going in):
Listen! (She turns):
What mean you to question him on, as is your wont, to-night?

ROXANE:
Oh—

CYRANO (eagerly):
Well, say.

ROXANE:
But you will be mute?

CYRANO:
Mute as a fish.

ROXANE:
I shall not question him at all, but say: Give rein to your fancy! Prepare not your speeches,—but speak the thoughts as they come! Speak to me of love, and speak splendidly!

CYRANO (smiling):
Very good!

ROXANE:
But secret!. . .

CYRANO:
Secret.

ROXANE:
Not a word!

(She enters and shuts the door.)

CYRANO (when the door is shut, bowing to her):
A thousand thanks!

(The door opens again, and Roxane puts her head out.)

ROXANE:
Lest he prepare himself!

CYRANO:
The devil!—no, no!

BOTH TOGETHER:
Secret.

(The door shuts.)

CYRANO (calling):
Christian!

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Chicago: Edmond Rostand, "Scene 3.III. Roxane, the Duenna, Cyrano.," Cyrano De Bergerac, ed. CM01B10.Txt - 149 Kb, CM01B10.Zip - 56 Kb and trans. Robert Boswell in Cyrano De Bergerac (New York: The Modern Library Publishers, 1918), Original Sources, accessed April 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CYE9XC9Y1UE9581.

MLA: Rostand, Edmond. "Scene 3.III. Roxane, the Duenna, Cyrano." Cyrano De Bergerac, edited by CM01B10.Txt - 149 Kb, CM01B10.Zip - 56 Kb, and translated by Robert Boswell, in Cyrano De Bergerac, New York, The Modern Library Publishers, 1918, Original Sources. 20 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CYE9XC9Y1UE9581.

Harvard: Rostand, E, 'Scene 3.III. Roxane, the Duenna, Cyrano.' in Cyrano De Bergerac, ed. and trans. . cited in 1918, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Modern Library Publishers, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 20 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CYE9XC9Y1UE9581.