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Lignre (Character)
from Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

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Ligniere, the alcoholic poet, appears only in the opening scene of Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac". He has written a poem that has offended the Comte de Guiche, and De Guiche has arranged for Ligniere to be mugged by a hundred men on his way home from a performance at the theatre. When Cyrano hears of this, he escorts Ligniere home and fights the hundred men singlehandedly, driving them off. The fight is shown only in the 1950 film version of "Cyrano de Bergerac" (in the stage version it happens offstage), but in the 1950 film, Ligniere has been completely omitted and all his lines given to Ragueneau, the pastry cook, who consequently has a much more prominent role in the 1950 film than in the original 1897 play. Ragueneau is not an alcoholic, but in the 1950 film it is he who has written the offending verses and whom Cyrano defends from the hundred men who try to attack him.

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