Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cyrano de Bergerac, Master of Description

 If ever there was a vocabulary superstar, it was the character Cyrano de Bergerac from the play...Cyrano de Bergerac.  (Very creative title, what?).  His nose description is downright inspiring!  Let's take a lesson from a professional as did the Vicomte who is just about ready to be out-fenced.  An ineloquent insult is the most unpardonable affront.

"Vicomte de Valvert: Monsieur, your nose... your nose is rather large.
Cyrano de Bergerac: Rather?
Vicomte de Valvert: Oh, well...
Cyrano de Bergerac: Is that all?
Vicomte de Valvert: Well of course...
Cyrano de Bergerac: Oh, no, young sir. You are too simple. Why, you might have said a great many things. Why waste your opportunity? For example, thus: AGGRESSIVE: I assert that if that nose were mine, I'd have it amputated on the spot. PRACTICAL: How do you drink with such a nose? You must have had a cup made especially. DESCRIPTIVE: 'Tis a rock, a crag, a cape! A cape? Say rather, a peninsula! INQUISITIVE: What is that recepticle? A razor case or a portfolio? KINDLY: Ah, do you love the little birds so much that when they come to see you, you give them this to perch on. CAUTIOUS: Take care! A weight like that might make you top-heavy. ELOQUENT: When it blows, the typhoon howls, and the clouds darken! DRAMATIC: When it bleeds, the Red Sea. SIMPLE: When do they unveil the monument? MILITARY: Beware, a secret weapon. ENTERPRISING: What a sign for some perfumer! RESPECTFUL: Sir, I recognize in you a man of parts. A man of... prominence! Or, LITERARY: Was this the nose that launched a thousand ships? These, my dear sir, are things you might have said, had you some tinge of letters or of wit to color your discourse. But wit? Not so, you never had an atom... 
Vicomte de Valvert: Insolent puppy, dolt, bunpkin, fool!
Cyrano de Bergerac: How do you do? And I, Cyrano Savinien Hercule de Bergerac.
I think this blog falls somewhere between descriptive and literary.  Cyrano is a Crazy Creative Magazine contributor of note!


  1. Fantastic post, Cyrano. The descriptions had me on the edge of my seat. Literary, yes. Descriptive, yes. Hillarious, even bigger yes!

  2. Now this is why I read your blog! You're so much fun!