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Her many friends, can't accept it In Paris the barricades, surround the city, everyone leaving, is thoroughly searched. Their carts, barrels, animals, all that goes by, particularly the frightened citizens, the fleeing aristocrats, can't get out. An old, ugly woman, approaches the western barricades, the cart will not be searched, her grandson has the plague, she says The guards, back away and the vehicle slowly passes, into the countryside, never to be seen again. Yes, The Scarlet Pimpernel, is the old woman, and some nobles are hidden, in the wagon.
Sir Percy is a master of disguise, it will save his life, numerous times. The Committee of Safety, the notorious Revolutionary French government, sends an agent to England, to find out, the identity of this Scarlet Pimpernel. Such a silly name!
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Citizen Chauvelin , the spy, is also an accredited official, of the bloody, French regime, and a former friend of Lady Blakeney. When her brave brother, or foolish, Armand, working for her husband, in France, to help some Aristocrats escape, is apprehended. The "Day Dream", Sir Percy's yacht, which has been used, often, to get them, across the sea, back to freedom England , needs to sail in the opposite direction.
But now the ruthless Chauvelin, threatens to kill Armand, if Lady Blakeney, doesn't find out who is the Scarlet Pimpernel And she is in the dark, that her despised, idiot of a husband, is that person! Will Marguerite, have to choose between her husband and her beloved brother , one must die? Appearances are not always reality, as this book shows. A man wears a mask, for the world, but inside, he is a totally different animal. View all 41 comments. Jun 13, Lyn rated it liked it. Rick Flair talks about The Scarlet Pimpernel. Let me step it down a notch for you literary librarian types and let me pose a question: was the Scarlet Pimpernel the first masked superhero?
All those cats had a hidden identity and they had their crime fightin side too. The Stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun! The English at least. View all 18 comments.
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Sep 28, Evgeny rated it liked it Shelves: adventure. To start let me quote the book blurb. Let me assure you, this is exactly that the book does not have. What it actually has is melodrama coming from a married couple in love with each other, but having wrong impression about their partner. So a gorgeous smart French woman married a simple in terms of intellect , but rich British nobleman. It seemed to be a match made in Heaven: she got money and he got a young beauty, but it did not work for them.
Especially after the guy realized his wife was the reason one of the French noble was sent to guillotine. I cannot even say the later had not deserve it. The book is about couple's attempts at trying to understand each other.
The rest: French revolution, Scarlet Pimpernel, etc. From my side I can say I expected something different. Had this book been billed as melodrama I would not have any complaints about it. As such it delivers fully: angst, emotional trauma, tragedy, etc. From this point of view it is good. Let me mention characters now that I talked about the story. The heroine was quite good, but ultimately useless and helpless which is to be expected considering the time the book was written.
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The hero was written in such a way that made me suspend my disbelieve as I could not imagine him being a person ever existing in real life. Other characters only served to move the plot forward. Despite everything the story was good enough for me to never think about not finishing the book. It was good and taken together with everything else my rating is 3 stars: quite good, but not outstanding in any way. Speaking about adventure books taking place during French Revolution I found Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini to be better. View all 6 comments. Aug 18, Madeline rated it liked it.
For a book about a secret team of English nobleman working to rescue French nobles from the scary revolutionists who want them dead, this is a surprisingly unexciting book. The pace is fast, and there's plenty of spying and blackmailing and races against time, but there isn't a single fistfight, swordfight, gunfight or slapping fight in the whole book. There's sort of a chase scene at the end, but the pursued party is in a slow-moving cart and the pursuer is on foot. There's plenty of drama and intrigue and excitement, but just one duel would have been nice.
Luckily, the characters are all great. Sir Percy, in addition to being a precursor to Bruce Wayne's vigilante-disguised-as-idiot-rich-boy act, also reminded me of Lord Peter Wimsey another fan of the Badass Disguised as Fop method , which was awesome. His archenemy is Chauvelin, basically the French version of Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds , and everybody was generally so cool that I forgot about how amazingly not scary a name like "Scarlet Pimpernel" is.
The true hero of this story, surprisingly, is not the Scarlet Pimpernel. He mostly stays in the background while people talk about him, and throughout the whole book we never really get to see him in action. Instead, we see almost everything through the eyes of Sir Percy's wife, Marguerite, who despite everything manages to be awesome.
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The issue I had with Marguerite was that she's repeatedly referred to as the cleverest woman in Europe, but god damn is she stupid. Sir Percy might as well have been dancing around wearing a sign that read "Hello, I am secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel" and she wouldn't figure it out. At one point, Marguerite snoops around in Percy's study and sees the following objects: maps of the English and French coastlines on the walls, and a small ring with a scarlet pimpernel flower engraved on it. Marguerite stares blindly at these objects and is like, "But what does it all mean?
First we find out that Marguerite had a French family arrested by accident before she was married, and never told Percy about it even after she found out that she'd made a mistake. Then, when Chauvelin tells Marguerite that she has to work as a spy for him or he'll kill her brother, Marguerite doesn't tell her husband what's going on until after she sells out the Pimpernel without knowing who he is. I mean, Jesus. Also he's in disguise for the last part of the book and it was so fucking obvious which character was actually Percy in disguise I wanted to throw the book at the wall.
But fortunately, this all ends with Marguerite becoming awesome, racing against the clock to save her husband and defeat Chauvelin, and the ending between Percy and Marguerite is surprisingly sweet and very satisfying. Anyway, in conclusion: a fun espionage story, even if it's not as swashbuckling as I expected and everyone except the Pimpernel is an idiot.
I'll be looking up the movie version soon, and will likely prefer it to the book. Shelves: july-reads , wacky-whodunit , reads , donning-that-detective-hat , ibooks , classy-classic , modern-classics , i-heart-it , favorites , turn-of-the-century. How I had always imagined that the classics are only for those who are born, brought up, spoon-fed in and potty-trained in English and how wrong was I to think that they are out of the reach of people like me who had only subnormal command over the English language.
Among many other popular authors of the classic era, Emmuska Orczy was a name much bandied about for her magnum opus, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" , even during my school days. I can't quite pinpoint the exact reason why I was motivated to choose this book as the first proper classic novel that I will ever read, but it sure delivered the necessary impact that made me change my course of this book journey of my life and embrace the uphill task of delving into the treasure trove of works left behind by the writers of yonder and unearth the hidden riches of the literature world that I have so far eschewed.
This story describes the many facets of the post-revolution France and the ripples that reflected off from places as far as London. The story is written in a simple, lucid style and the narrative is very straightforward and candid, that never once did I feel like I am in the middle of a momentous undertaking as this one. Throughout the first half, we are left to our own devices to hazard a guess as to who this Scarlet Pimpernel could be and the sense of bewilderment ties you to the story to the hilt.
After all, you have been hearing about this titular character for ages and you are only a few hours away from learning the true identity of this much celebrated hero of all ages.
On a parallel timeline, you are treated to the boisterous and always-in-the-spotlight kind of life of Lady Blakeney aka Marguerite St. Just who is popular equally among the intelligentsia and the fashionistas of the 18th century London and her ridiculously rich but inanely infectious laughter along with other attributes husband Sir Percy Blakeney. Her undulating affections for Sir Percy- ranging from utter hatred for his foolish ways to unconditional love for the worshipper in him- keep us riveted to the story; in an effort to help us understand which direction a witty woman's feelings for a dim-witted husband should swing towards.