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Chapter 8

February 5, 2015
Posted at 7:14 pm

I debated extensively with myself over the use of "What's Love Got to Do With It?" as both the chapter intro and Eddie's parody. I considered using "Photograph" by Def Leppard as the chapter intro, and even re-wrote parts of Chapters 5 and 7 to add the birthday party photo... but under scrutiny, the lyrics of "Photograph" don't mean as much in the context of the story. In the end it was too good to pass up; "What's Love" matched the mood of the chapter, it was the #1 hit in the summer of 1984 and, to be honest, I don't think I could have done better with another song for the parody.

Useless trivia: Cyrano de Bergerac was a real person, somewhat famous in his own time as a wordsmith and swordsman, and did have a 'rather large nose' -- but not as ridiculously large as depicted in the play and movies. José Ferrer won a Tony award for his portrayal on stage as well as the Best Actor Oscar for the 1950 film.
The (colorized) insult scene is on YouTube: …also see the 1987 re-imagining with Steve Martin at