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It takes place fifteen years after Christian's death. Roxane has removed herself to a convent, where she lives a solitary existence and continues to mourn her husband. Cyrano has to be content with regular visits with her. It is obvious, however, that he is miserable. Because he has difficulty writing or relating to others, he lives in poverty and has many enemies. One of his enemies has a log dropped on Cyrano's head, injuring him severely. In spite of his wounds, Cyrano comes to the convent for his regular visit. Knowing that he is dying, he asks Roxane to see the letter that she carries by her heart. When he opens the letter and begins to read it, Roxane realizes that he knows the words of the letter by heart. It suddenly dawns on her that Cyrano has been the author of all the letters, not Christian. She scolds her cousin for not revealing the truth to her long ago so that she could love the right man. Satisfied with the news that Roxane could have loved him, the noble Cyrano stands and gives his epitaph. Before he dies, he claims that he has lived his live with integrity.