Posts Tagged ‘dueling’
From our old friends at Criggo (“Newspapers are going away; that’s too bad”… see here, here, and here), evidence that, as von Clausewitz observed, “Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating…”
As we aspire to comprehend, we might send nosy brithday greetings to soldier, poet, dramatist and duelist Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac; he was born on this date in 1619. The inspiration for Rostand’s 1897 verse drama, Cyrano de Bergerac (and Steve Martin’s Roxanne), Cyrano was possessed of a prodigious proboscis, over which he is said to have fought more than 1,000 duels.
Surely as importantly, his writings, which mixed science and romance, influenced Jonathan Swift, Edgar Alan Poe, Voltaire– and Moliere, who “borrowed freely” from Cyrano’s 1654 comedy Le Pédant joué (The Pedant Tricked).
Consider, for example:
Though your correspondent doubts that it’s necessary, a hint: (very) early Hitchcock…
See them all here.
As we celebrate celluloid splendor, we might buckle our swash, as it was for this date in 1825 that 23-year-old Alexandre Dumas arranged his first duel. His rival slept in and missed the appointed time, so it was slipped to the 6th
While he sustained no serious physical injury, his pride may have taken a dent when his pants fell down during the fight. Perhaps compensatorily, he filled his novels of romantic adventure– The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo– with duels, battles, and daring escapades… during which waistbands held firm.