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Cyrano story guide
The Siege of Arras, a month later
Exhausted and starving, the Cadets sleep. Cyrano returns to camp through
enemy lines, having risked his life, not for the first time, to get a letter
to Roxane. De Guiche orders the cadets to push forward in one hour's time.
Cyrano, knowing this to be suicidal, realises it is de Guiche's revenge.
He sits and writes a last letter when suddenly, a coach bearing Ragueneau
and Roxane is seen battling its way through the enemy. De Guiche insists
that Roxane leave the battlefield, but she refuses. Cyrano tries to give his
last letter to Christian, who rejects it.
The Cadets begin their push and Christian asks why Roxane has risked
hardship and danger to reach him. Roxane answers by producing a chest full
of poems and letters sent during the campaign. Christian realises that Cyrano
loves Roxane, and she him, through his words. He rushes towards the battle
and is killed. Cyrano in his turn realises that he can never now reveal his
love. He plants the last letter on Christian's body and runs towards the
A convent orchard, 15 years later, 1655
Roxane, in perpetual mourning for Christian, lives in private rooms adjoining
the convent. Cyrano, who has maintained his silence over his love for her,
visits his cousin at four o'clock every Saturday. An 'accident' engineered
bu his old enemy de Guiche leaves Cyrano dying, but he manages to make the appointment
and conceal his injury from Roxane. He asks to see 'Christian's' last
letter, which Roxane has carried faithfully for 15 years, and he starts to
read it aloud. In his growing agony Cyrano does not notice the letter slip
from his hands but, its contents engraved on his heart, he continues to
speak. Seeing this, Roxane realises that the letters were his and that it is
Cyrano she has loved all these years. Le Bret and Ragueneau come running.
Cyrano falls and dies in their arms.