Ragueneau and Le Bret enter, and Lignière calls attention to the fashionable people who are present. They wonder where Cyrano is, since he has forbidden Montfleury to act on the stage. When Roxane enters, Christian points her out to Le Bret as the woman with whom he is in love, even though he does not know her name and has never talked to her. Lignière says that De Guiche is also interested in Roxane, and though she is resisting him, he is a very powerful and vindictive man. He is also married.Before the play-within-a-play begins, Christian goes to warn Lignière (who has left the theater) that his latest poem has offended a highly placed person who has stationed a hundred men near Lignière's street to ambush and murder him.The curtain rises and Montfleury enters on stage. As he begins to speak, Cyrano's voice interrupts and tells him to leave the stage. Cyrano offers to fight anyone who wishes to defend Montfleury, but
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