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At the end of the play, Cyrano is injured by one of his enemies, who has a servant drop a log on his head. In spite of the injury, Cyrano comes for his weekly visit with Roxane, Knowing that he is dying, he asks her if he can see and read the letter that she carries near her heart; it is the love letter that she found on Christian's body after his death. As Cyrano reads the letter, it is clear that he is saying the words from memory. Roxane suddenly realizes that truth of the situation. Cyrano is the one with the noble and passionate thoughts and the author of the letters signed by Christian. Although Cyrano denies her accusations, she knows the truth and scolds Cyrano for not telling her sooner. She feels she has been deprived of the opportunity to love him. Cyrano says that her friendship has been enough.
Cyrano dies an appropriate death. Although he bemoans the fact that he has not been dramatically felled by a sword, he dies nobly. Before he breathes his last breath, he stands up and gives his own epitaph, saying he has lived his life with great integrity. For him that is the greatest honor. He dies a happy man, knowing that because of the beauty of his soul, Roxane could have loved him in spite of the ugliness of his face.