CYRANO DE BERGERAC?

You will meet this gallant swashbuckler in Rostand's play of the same name. A man of genuine poetic temperament, and a soldier of fortune, Cyrano swaggers upon his way, taking the wind out of the sails of everybody who is foolhardy enough to cross his path. Yet for all his dazzling brilliance and ebullient gasconade, there is tragedy in Cyrano's life, due to his abnormally long nose, which is so disfiguring that he dare not approach Roxane with his love. Instead, with heroic self-abnegation, he helps Christian, one of the bold cadets of Gascony, to win Roxane, wooing her in Christian's guise as she stands at dusk upon her balcony. Only when it is too late, and the heroic Cyrano is at the point of death, does he become aware of the fact that it was Cyrano's soul that Roxane loved-the soul that had poured forth its love on Christian's behalf. Thus, had he wooed Roxane for himself, his suit would have been accepted, despite the length of his nose. Should you hear anybody referred to as a Cyrano de Bergerac, you will know that he is a man who helps another to win the lady of his heart, while he himself stands in the shadows.