A Great Poet – with Quite the Feature!

English: Lloyd Corrigan (left) & José Ferrer i...

English: Lloyd Corrigan (left) & José Ferrer in Cyrano de Bergerac – cropped screenshot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cyrano de Bergerac:

Ah, no young sir!

You are too simple. Why, you might have said –

Oh, a great many things! For example, thus: –

AGGRESSIVE: I, sir, if that nose were mine,

I’d have it amputated – on the spot!

FRIENDLY: How do you drink with such a nose?

You ought to have a cup made specially.

DESCRIPTIVE: ‘Tis a rock – a crag – a cape –

A cape? say rather, a peninsula!

INQUISITIVE: What is that receptacle –

A razor case or a portfolio?

KINDLY: Ah, do you love the little birds

So much that when they come and sing to you,

You give them this to perch on? INSOLENT:

Sir, when you smoke, the neighbors must suppose

Your chimney is on fire. CAUTIOUS: Take care –

A weight like that might make you topheavy.

THOUGHTFUL: Somebody fetch my parasol –

Those delicate colors fade so in the sun!

PEDANTIC: Does not Aristophanes

Mention a mythological monster called


Surely we have here the original!

FAMILIAR: Well, old torchlight! Hang your hat

Over that chandelier – it hurts my eyes.

ELOQUENT: When it blows, the typhoon howls,

And the clouds darken. DRAMATIC: When it bleeds –

The Red Sea! ENTERPRISING: What a sign

For some perfumer! LYRIC: Hark – the horn –

Of Roland calls to summon Charlemagne! –

SIMPLE: When do they unveil the monument?

RESPECTFUL: Sir, I recognize in you

A man of parts, a man of prominence –

RUSTIC: Hey? What? Call that a nose? Na na –

I be no fool like what you think I be –

That there’s a blue cucumber! MILITARY:

Point against cavalry! PRACTICAL: Why not

A lottery with this for the grand prize?

Or – parodying Faustus in the play –

“Was this the nose that launched a thousand ships

And burned the topless towers of Ilium?”

These my dear sir, are things you might have said

Had you some tinge of letters, or of wit

To color your discourse. But wit, – not so,

You never had an atom – and of letters,

You need but three to write you down –an Ass.

Moreover, – if you had the invention, here

Before these folks to make a jest of me –

Be sure you would not then articulate

The twentieth part of half a syllable

Of the beginning! For I say these things

Lightly enough myself, about myself,

But I allow none else to utter them.


(One of my favorite speeches from the play! Shakespeare is great, but I haven’t heard anyone yet to beat Cyrano!)


About The Mithril Guardian

I like stories.  Whether they’re on film, in song, or in print, I always remember a good story.  They remind me of paintings.  People cannot see them without learning something.  So it’s a good idea to look at a story from as many angles as possible.  I can watch the same movie a million times and still I will learn something that I did not know before.  Thoughts on the Edge of Forever is where I get to focus on what I learned from stories; what was not obvious the first time, the second time, or the umpteenth time. Earlier posts are written in the form of letters, usually to specific characters, to point out what I saw in a particular story or heard in a piece of music. Some of those letters, though, are like letters to the editor. Why did someone write a story this way and not another? Would the story have turned out better if the writer had done something different? These ‘letters to the editor’ will probably never be answered by the writers - the characters certainly will not answer anything - but their contents are still up for debate. After all, unless you ask a question, you will never get an answer. Still, civil ground rules apply. Any foul language or other form of abuse will not be tolerated in Thoughts on the Edge of Forever. I mean, who wants to be around the guest at the dinner party who is being nasty? Practically nobody, since people go to a party to have fun, not to hang around a grouch. So let’s have fun! The Mithril Guardian
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