And, finally, there is irony in Roxane's discovery — too late that it is Cyrano whom she has loved for so long. "I never loved but one man in my life, and I have lost him twice."All these ironies and the many more that are to be found throughout the play add up to the great irony that appearance is not always truth, and truth is not always clothed in appropriate appearances. The eternal nature of this theme is one explanation for the continued success of the play. Another reason could be the suitability of the ending to the characters.Imagine Cyrano as a husband. Imagine Roxane as a wife. Their romance, with Cyrano playing the part of the chevalier servant, could go on for all their lives; their marriage would have been miserable. But Cyrano did not really want to marry Roxane. She was lovely, and he loved her for exactly the same reasons that Roxane loved Christian. Christian is the only major character in the
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