Why has Christian come to the play? What concern does he express to Ligniere?

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thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Christian has come to the play with the hope of setting his eyes on Roxane. Roxane is a very beautiful woman with whom Christian has fallen in love but whose name he does not know and who could also be attending the performance. Christian is in the company of his friend Ligniere, a poet. He confesses to Ligniere that in spite of his feelings for Roxane, her intelligence intimidates him and he fears he would make a fool of himself if given the chance to talk to her. He also expresses his unease due to the caliber of Roxane’s other suitors. Coincidentally, Roxane is also in love with Christian, as revealed during her meeting with her cousin Cyrano. She requests him to protect Christian when he joins the Guard. Even though Christian feared that his lack of word skills would stand in the way of his love for Roxane, Cyrano was kind enough to help him express himself through heart melting letters that further won Roxane’s heart.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Christian attends the play hoping to catch a glimpse of the woman he thinks he loves--Roxane.  He's thrilled at the prospect of seeing her; however, his fear is that she is too much of an intellectual for him.  He's not a man to whom words come easily, and he is afraid of actually having to talk to her.  Ironically, he doesn't actually have to talk to her (thanks to Cyrano), and she is anything but an intellectual.  What a relief for this brand new Cadet--who's going to have way bigger things to worry about later! 

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