- Rostand, Edmond
L'Aiglon (The Eaglet)
R. H. Russell, New York, 1900, Decorative Cloth, , , Very Good-
262 pp. Adapted into English by Louis N. Parker. Fraying to top and bottom of spine, corners lightly rubbed, spine dulled, else very good, The play concerns The Duke of Reichstadt, son of Napoleon I, and the Archduchess Maria Louisa of Austria. In verse. The Duke: My hair was long, and I was Prince of Parma; / And when they punished me you let me off. The Emperor: Do you remember how you hated ponies? The Duke: One day they showed me one as white as snow; / I stamped with fury in the riding-school. The Emperor: You thought a pony was a deadly insult. The Duke: I cried with rage: I want a great, big horse! The Emperor: And now you want another great, big horse! The Duke: And how I used to beat my German nurses. The Emperor: And how with Colin you would calmly dig / Enormous holes about my park-- The Duke: For Crusoe.
Vie et Oeuvre d'Edmond Rostand
from Cyrano de Bergerac
Last in a parody of Marlowe—shout summing it up, “Did that outrageous snout launch all those ships with a blast and carry on till it sneezed down the towers of Ilion?” That is a sketch of what you might have said had you been even moderately bred. For any man, not stinking of the stable where you were born, had certainly been able to decorate with breeding's natural empery, in this great company, my rough extempore. But had you done so, the fourth line, my lord, would have been puctuated with my sword. For though I mock myself with flawless verve, my imitators get what they deserve.Edmond Rostand