Journal Entries For Cyrano De Bergerac

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I have read Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac before, a long time ago in francais, and loved it. This time around, it didn't take a long time at all to remember why I was so captivated by the story. Why would Valvert dare to even care about Cyrano pushing around the Meddler, why even speak? Cyrano is already on a role, and everyone seems to know that you don't challenge Cyrano de Bergerac, everyone except Valvert. Valvert opens his mouth and out comes a ridiculously simple insult aimed towards Cyrano's characteristic nose. Thus, a beautifully and hilariously written monologue comes from Cyrano. His basis is nothing but his independent nose and how many ways it could be insulted. I love how this whole medley of insults designed towards his own stature results in an incredible insult to Valvert. Cyrano proves his own wit wonderful, and Valvert's sorely lacking. Nevertheless, Valvert decides to speak once more and calls Cyrano a clown and questions where his gloves and ribbons are? Of course, Cyrano speaks of his adornments and then explains that he did have one glove, "the last on of an old pair--and lost that. Very careless...Some Gentlemen offered me an impertinence. [He] left it--in his face."Journal Entry 2, 7/25/04: p.34 The argument between Cyrano and Valvert does not end peacefully; instead it ends in a duel. It was in no way an average duel though, instead a wonderful scene in which Cyrano decides to "make a Ballade Extempore." So as the two go on with their swords play, Cyrano delivers exactly what he premeditated, three stanzas of eight lines each, and a refrain of four, "and at the end of the last line--thrust home!" Rostand composes a great scene in which Cyrano de Bergerac performs his "Ballade of the duel at the Hotel de Bourgogne" to the aw of the audience. Rostand makes sure to include the crowd's reactions, no doubt what anyone reading or seeing such a scene would think, "Ah-h!" What a great way to start a play, with action, humor, and irony. I am very impressed already.Journal Entry 3, 7/25/04: p.80 Not only was this after the incident with Valvert, but Christian received very specific warnings, yet he still mentions Cyrano's nose. Honestly, I was excited that Christian would be dense, not necessarily brave, enough to do such a thing. I wanted to hear Cyrano's response, I wanted to hear him compose a masterpiece of a comeback, and I wanted him to thrust with his final line! Unfortunately, I wasn't having the best of luck this time around. Cyrano let Christian's obvious mistake slide and goes on with his story. But lucky for me, Christian insists on mentioning Cyrano's nose several additional times, interrupting Cyrano's story each of these times. Finally, Cyrano's anger takes over him. I'm excited, thinking that finally something will happen. To make a long story short, disappointment overwhelmed me. Instead there was a conversation regarding love. Nevertheless, I understand that this...

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