Cyrano De Bergerac

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Viscount de Valvert Character Analysis

A young nobleman who tries and fails to woo Roxane on behalf of the Count de Guiche (who can’t do so himself, since he’s engaged to another woman). Valvert is proud, rude, and spiteful, and after he insults Cyrano de Bergerac’s large nose, it’s satisfying for the characters (and us) to watch Cyrano defeat him in a duel.

Viscount de Valvert Quotes in Cyrano De Bergerac

The Cyrano De Bergerac quotes below are all either spoken by Viscount de Valvert or refer to Viscount de Valvert . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the G. W. Dillingham Company edition of Cyrano De Bergerac published in 1898.
Act 1, Scene 4 Quotes

THE VISCOUNT:
Sir, your nose is. . . hmm. . . it is. . . very big!

CYRANO (gravely):
Very!

THE VISCOUNT (laughing):
Ha!

CYRANO (imperturbably):
Is that all?. . .

THE VISCOUNT:
What do you mean?

CYRANO:
Ah no! young blade! That was a trifle short!
You might have said at least a hundred things
By varying the tone.

Related Characters: Cyrano de Bergerac (speaker), Viscount de Valvert (speaker)
Related Symbols: Cyrano’s Nose
Page Number: 50-51
Explanation and Analysis:

In this famous scene, the Viscount de Valvert tries to insult Cyrano in the least creative way imaginable. Instead of thinking up an elaborate metaphor or pun about Cyrano's large nose, Valvert goes right for the throat, and calls the nose ... "very big." Cyrano responds with mock disgust, asking the Viscount why he didn't try for a more elaborate insult. (He then proceeds to list some of the cleverer ways the Viscount could have insulted him.)

Cyrano's behavior in this passage is a classic example of self-deprecating humor. Instead of fighting back against the Viscount's insult, Cyrano ingeniously takes the wind out of his enemy's sails, doing a far better job of insulting himself than the Viscount could ever manage. Although Cyrano is talented with the sword, his greatest asset is his mind, not his bravery. With words, Cyrano "wounds" the Viscount more deeply than sword ever could, implying that the Viscount is a fool who can barely string a sentence together.

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Viscount de Valvert Character Timeline in Cyrano De Bergerac

The timeline below shows where the character Viscount de Valvert appears in Cyrano De Bergerac. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
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...Count has a plan to marry Roxane to a loyal friend of his, the Viscount Valvert. Christian, growing impatient with Ligniere, gets up to leave. Ligniere cries out and points to... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 4
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Cyrano walks through the Hotel hall. The Viscount Valvert, amused by the spectacle, goes up to Cyrano and tells him he has a big... (full context)
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Valvert glares at Cyrano, and draws his sword. Cyrano does the same: they must duel now.... (full context)
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The duel begins. Valvert fights aggressively, but Cyrano parries his attacks easily. As the Viscount grows more and more... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 5
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...man in France) was in the audience that night, not to mention de Guiche and Valvert. (full context)
Act 2, Scene 6
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...that she has come to meet him in order to think him for dueling with Valvert. She explains that the Viscount wanted to marry her—she and Cyrano laugh together about this. (full context)
Act 2, Scene 8
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...cadets ask Cyrano why he’s been picking fights with so many powerful people—first the Viscount Valvert, and now the Count de Guiche himself. Cyrano replies that he’s always delighted in displeasing... (full context)