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Cyrano de Bergerac (English translation)

A Play in Five Acts

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Author: Edmond Rostand (Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand)
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 34,940 / 120 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.9
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 7,782
mnybks.net#: 6013
Origin: gutenberg.org
More Info: litsum.com
Genres: Romance, Drama

Translated from the French by Gladys Thomas and Mary F. Guillemard.

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s turned): Have you string?

THE SECOND: Ay, and a fish-hook with it.

FIRST PAGE: We can angle for wigs, then, up there i' th' gallery.

A PICKPOCKET (gathering about him some evil-looking youths): Hark ye, young cut-purses, lend an ear, while I give you your first lesson in thieving.

SECOND PAGE (calling up to others in the top galleries): You there! Have you peashooters?

THIRD PAGE (from above): Ay, have we, and peas withal!

(He blows, and peppers them with peas.)

THE YOUNG MAN (to his father): What piece do they give us?

THE BURGHER: 'Clorise.'

THE YOUNG MAN: Who may the author be?

THE BURGHER: Master Balthazar Baro. It is a play!. . .

(He goes arm-in-arm with his son.)

THE PICKPOCKET (to his pupils): Have a care, above all, of the lace knee-ruffles--cut them off!

A SPECTATOR (to another, showing him a corner in the gallery): I was up there, the first night of the 'Cid.'

THE PICKPOCKET (making with his fingers the gesture of filching): Thu

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.3 from 6 reviews: *****
2015.03.25
Kiric78
***..

Not as universal as Shakespeare, Cyrano is still a good play. The scope of human depth, although I can not be as deep as Bard's, it is still an interesting work, good but not masterpiece.

2010.04.19
A high schooler
*****

Much, MUCH better than Shakespeare

It's rare that you have an entire classroom of high school students begging to see the movie

2009.02.11
soccerluver
*****

This is a great story! It includes many examples of dramatic irony, which adds incredible depth.

2006.12.30
Sylvie
***..

The story isn't almost completely fictional.

Most of it is true.

Some of it is fictional.

That's really the way he died... Though people still aren't sure if it was a murder or an accident.

2005.08.28
Dylan Sherlock
*****

Actually, there really was a Cyrano de Bergerac. In fact, most of the characters were real people. However, the story is almost completely ficitionalized.

Better than Shakespeare.

2005.07.02
dreamer
*****

A great romance. Will make you wish there really was a Cyrano.


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