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Reggia | 2256 comments And then there is the creativity of making mention of a classic in more contemporary literature, or perhaps in a classic of another age.

Share your discoveries here! :-)


message 2: by Reggia (last edited May 21, 2020 09:43AM) (new)

Reggia | 2256 comments What to my delight than to discover a mention of Don Quixote in Cyrano de Bergerac. I'm only a quarter of the way through this play, and his pride has quickly become well-established (that in itself is a whole discussion). But this interchange after De Guiche has insulted him as a "drunken rhymester" still has me smiling a couple days later:

CYRANO (takes the sword from him, with a salute, dropping the hats at De Guiche's feet):
Sir, pray be good enough to render them back to your friends.

DE GUICHE (rising, sharply):
Order my porters and my chair at once!
(To Cyrano passionately):
As to you, sir!

VOICE (in the street):
Porters for my lord De Guiche!

DE GUICHE (who has controlled himself--smiling):
Have you read 'Don Quixote'?

CYRANO:
I have! And take my hat off to that crack-brained knight.

DE GUICHE:
You might re-read the chaper --

A PORTER (appearing at back):
My lord's chair!

DE GUICHE:
About the windmills.

CYRANO (bowing):
The thirteenth chapter.

DE GUICHE:
For when one tilts at windmills, it may chance. . .

CYRANO:
Do I fight those who turn with every breeze?

DE GUICHE:
. . .That windmills have long arms -- arms that can land you in the mud!

CYRANO:
Or lift you to the stars!


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