A Difference of Courage

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac: Possibly… An officer

Does not lightly resign the privilege

Of being a target.

(Cards, dice, and smoke fall, roll, and float away with increasing satisfaction.)

Now, if I had been there –

Your courage and mine differ in this –

When your scarf fell, I should have put it on.


De Guiche:  Boasting again!


Cyrano de Bergerac: Boasting?  Lend it to me

To-night; I’ll lead the first charge, with your scarf

Over my shoulder!


 De Guiche: Gasconnade once more!

You are safe making that offer, and you know it –

My scarf lies on the river bank between

The lines, a spot swept by artillery

Impossible to reach alive!


Cyrano de Bergerac: (Produces the scarf from his pocket.)

Yes.  Here…

(Silence.  The Cadets stifle their laughter behind their cards and their dice boxes.  De Guiche turns to look at them.  Immediately they resume their gravity and their game.)


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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