We remember Cyrano de Bergerac (1619 – 1655) because Edmond Rostand created a play in 1897 based loosely on the life of this French dramatist and duellist. If you look at the “real” Cyrano’s portrait, the nose was prominent, but not to the proportions of those portrayed by actors.
Cyrano de Bergerac was a free thinker, rare in his time, and considered somewhat radical for his atheistic leanings. It seems to me, he understood the importance of an apple.
“The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.”
Cyrano de Bergerac