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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: 7,651 6013
More Info:
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: *****

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.

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


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


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.

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.


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



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