Cyrano composes a ballade

“The Vicompte de Valvert has spoken contemptuously of Cyrano’s gargantuan probiscis, and Cyrano has made a long speech about the quality of his nose. But this caused Valvert to him a buffon. So Cyrano refers to his puissant sword. Velvert has promptly drawn his own. Cyrano has then announced that he will fight Valvert and compose a ballade while doing so. Thereupon he searches openly for is rhyme scheme and then, while the duel goes on which (of course!) ends in victory for Cyrano, he declaims this ballade in French verse form: three verses of eight line, and then an envoi of four lines, each ending in the same refrain.”

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