Cyrano de Bergerac By Edmond Rostand Act IV — Scenes 5-7

CHRISTIAN: Should? . . .

CYRANO: Speak of the letters? . . .

CHRISTIAN: Yes, I know! . . .

CYRANO: Do not spoil all by seeming surprised . . .

CHRISTIAN: At what?

CYRANO: I must explain to you! . . . Oh! 'tis no great matter — I but thought of it to- day on seeing her. You have . . .

CHRISTIAN: Tell quickly!

CYRANO: You have . . . written to her oftener than you think . . .

CHRISTIAN: How so?

CYRANO: Thus, 'faith! I had taken it in hand to express your flame for you! . . . At times I wrote without saying, 'I am writing!'

CHRISTIAN: Ah! . . .

CYRANO: 'Tis simple enough!

CHRISTIAN: But how did you contrive, since we have been cut off, thus . . . to? . . .

CYRANO: . . . Oh! before dawn . . . I was able to get through . . .

CHRISTIAN (folding his arms): That was simple, too? And how oft, pray you, have I written? . . . Twice in the week? . . . Three times? . . . Four? . . .

CYRANO: More often still.

CHRISTIAN: What! Every day?

CYRANO: Yes, every day, — twice.

CHRISTIAN (violently): And that became so mad a joy for you, that you braved death . . .

CYRANO (seeing Roxane returning): Hush! Not before her!

(He goes hurriedly into his tent.)

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