Cyrano de Bergerac By Edmond Rostand Act II — Scene 11

Act II. Scene 11

Cyrano, Christian, the Gascons, the musketeer, Lise.

A CADET (half opening the door): Naught here! . . . The silence of the grave! I dare not look . . . (He puts his head in): Why? . . .

ALL THE CADETS (entering, and seeing Cyrano and Christian embracing): Oh! . . .

A CADET: This passes all!


THE MUSKETEER (mockingly): Ho, ho! . . .

CARBON: Our demon has become a saint? Struck on one nostril — lo! he turns the other!

MUSKETEER: Then we may speak about his nose, henceforth! . . . (Calling to Lise, boastfully): — Ah, Lise, see here! (Sniffing ostentatiously): O heavens! . . . what a stink! . . . (Going up to Cyrano): You, sir, without a doubt have sniffed it up! — What is the smell I notice here?

CYRANO (cuffing his head): Clove-heads.

(General delight. The cadets have found the old Cyrano again! They turn somersaults.)


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