The curtain rises to show the interior of a theater. Several spectators are present, waiting for the play to begin, and their conversation informs us (erroneously) that this is the famous theater in which Corneille's Le Cid was introduced. The play tonight is Baro's Clorise , and the leading actor is Montfleury. 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
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