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.)

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