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Vicomte de Valvert (Character)
from Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

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The Vicomte de Valvert is a character in Edmond Rostand's play "Cyrano de Bergerac". He appears only in the play's first scene. The Comte de Guiche, unable to woo Roxane (Cyrano's cousin) successfully for himself, hopes to exercise his influence by forcing her to marry Valvert. At a theatre performance which Cyrano deliberately brings to a halt by driving Montfleury, the lead actor, off the stage, Valvert deliberately (and unimaginatively) makes fun of Cyrano's long nose, whereupon Cyrano taunts him by rattling off a list of more creative insults that Valvert might have used. The provoked Valvert challenges Cyrano to a duel on the spot. Cyrano accepts, making up a poem as the two fight, and running Valvert through at the end. In the original play and in most productions, it is strongly implied that Valvert has been killed, but in the 1950 film with Jos Ferrer as Cyrano, DeGuiche says (in a new scene written for he film): "It will be a miracle if the vicomte survives".

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