Cyrano de Bergerac

I watched the film adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac in class recently and as Cyrano was dying he said words that I think almost everyone feels are true. Here they are:

“My life’s work
has been to prompt others
and be forgotten.
Remember that night when Christian
came to your balcony?
That moment sums up my life.
While I was below in the dark shadows
others climbed up
to kiss the sweet rose.
It’s only fair.
I say, as death has me in its hooks
C has genius
and Christian was handsome.”

There were a million beautiful words and quotable moments in that incredibly long death scene alone and throughout the whole movie, but when these words were said my class had an audible reaction and I felt the power too, so I chose to share them.

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