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The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

by Emmuska, Baroness Orczy

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I don't know how or when I learned about this story, but I've known the basic plot for a long time. It's never been part of my reading plans because I thought it just wasn't for me, that it would be just a silly melodrama. And yes, it is kind of silly, with Lady Blakeney being so clever, such tiny exquisite hands, so perfectly beautiful. The writing isn't great, with much repetition - the word "merrily" is used often, very often. Despite all this, I loved the book. It's a swashbuckling adventure story, a romance. It has a fabulously brave, clever, handsome hero, and of course the aforementioned beauty of Lady Blakeney. All this and a setting of the French Revolution as a bonus. Excellent! ( )
  VivienneR | May 25, 2016 |
A quick fun read. I'd seen a BBC series on the Scarlet Pimpernel years ago, but had forgotten that Marguerite had such a large part in the first book. Percy and Marguerite made a nice couple. ( )
  whymaggiemay | May 15, 2016 |
Yes, I'm a hopeless romantic. But really, read this book. It's just such a fun spy novel set in the Napoleon days. and of course, nothing is as it seems. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
This is such a cheesy, sentimental book, and yet I'm always drawn in to the Pimpernel's adventures. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Gosh, I love this book. And have for many years. I remember being so happy to discover that there are continuing adventures of Sir Percy and Marguerite, including a modern re-imaging of the story, with Chauvelin as a war hero because in war killing people is a good thing. (This book is called Pimpernel and Rosemary and I may not be remembering it accurately.) But I digress. Sir Percy Blakeney / The Scarlet Pimpernel is an early example of a superhero who risks his life to save the lives of strangers from an oppressive, outlaw regime. First published in 1905, the book predated The Mark of Zorro> (1919).( See also many DC and Marvel characters: Superman, Batman, Spiderman all have secret identities.) I also love the 1934 movie version with Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, and Raymond Massey.

Sir Percy and his band of merry men may act as if they belong to P.G. Wodehouse's Drones Club, but they also assume a variety of disguises as they use the plans devised by their fearless leader to sneak into France to save people from Madame Guillotine. Sir Percy is married to the beautiful and talented actress, Marguerite St. Just, now Lady Blakeney. Their relationship, once so loving and passionate has changed. Sir Percy is cold and distant and Marguerite doesn't understand why everything has changed. If only he had told her about the rumors he'd heard! Meanwhile, as another reviewer mentioned, Marguerite has a crush on the Scarlet Pimpernel, little knowing ... and Sir Percy literally kisses the ground Marguerite walks on (but only after she is out of sight). Mixed together with this love story are the adventures and twists and disguises. At one point, Sir Percy disguises himself as an old Jew, because he knows that everyone will go out of their way to avoid him.
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  raizel | Feb 26, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Emmuska, Baroness Orczyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindström, SigfridTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mantel, HilaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Musterd-de Haas, ElsEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Page, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wildschut, MarjoleinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zimmermann, WalterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate.
We seek him here,
we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven? -
Is he in hell?
That damned, elusive Pimpernel!
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An English noble
saves French aristocracy
from the guillotine. (marcusbrutus)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451527623, Mass Market Paperback)

This timeless novel of intrigue and romance is the adventure of one man's defiance in the face of authority. The rulers of the French Revolution are unable to discern the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a man whose exploits are an embarrassment to the new regime. Is he an exiled French nobleman or an English lord? The only thing for certain is his calling card--the blood-red flower known as the Scarlet Pimpernel...

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In 1792, during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, an English aristocrat known to be an ineffectual fop is actually a master of disguises who, with a small band of dedicated friends, undertakes dangerous missions to save members of the French nobility from the guillotine.… (more)

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