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'Cyrano de Bergerac' by Edmond Rostand W/Guest Eric Robert Morse

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

Eric and I go over a synopsis of this play, first staged in 1897 to immense adulation. Then we discuss the meaning of the love triangle, the larger-than-life character of Cyrano and the meaning of the play.

Since 1897 there has been a variety of different projections of Cyrano’s looks. This is an important feature of the play. How ugly should Cyrano be?

What is it that Roxanne falls in love with?

Can a beautiful man also be bright and clever and witty?

What role does Cyrano’s nose play? We analyze some specific passages in the play.

We take a look at the spiritual/body dichotomy in the play.

The role of “success” in Cyrano.

In the second half of the conversation, Eric, who is a Catholic, and I have a debate about Pride and the meaning of Cyrano’s Pride.

Eric Robert Morse ( is a writer, publisher, painter, illustrator, web programmer, philosopher, theologian, economist, and historian. His published works include a critique of Behavioral Economics (Psychonomics), a theory of political economy (Juggernaut), two novels (Monaco and Ricky Wills It), a psychology of storytelling (The 90-Minute Effect), a history of Feminism (The Economic Theory of Sex), and a sociology of postmodern America (Tearing at the Seams).

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