The Scarlet Pimpernel was written in 1905 by Baroness Orczy
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The Scarlet Pimpernel was written in 1905 by Baroness Orczy.
It was an adventurous tale of love and courage.
In 1792, during the French Revolution, a figure named the
Scarlet Pimpernel saved many aristocrats from the French. Using
daring plots and disguises he escaped from the French and his
archenemy, Chauvlin. The richest man in England, Sir Percy
Blakenley was married to the most beautiful woman in France, Lady
Marguerite Blankenley. Sir Percy was an important character in
The Scarlet Pimpernel.
The story took place in both England and France. It started
in Paris, France at the scene of the guillotine. Some of the
story took place at The Fisherman's Rest in Dover, England. Other
parts of the story took place at Sir Percy's house in Richmond,
England, The Chat Gris in Calais, France, Lord Greenville's Ball
and The Covent Garden Theatre in England.
The theme of the story was love and courage. It showed how
much Sir Percy cared about and loved Marguerite. Marguerite once
loved him, but now took him for granted and thought of him as a
fop. It also limned how brave Sir Percy, The Scarlet Pimpernel,
was in risking his life for the lives of the aristocrats.
The Scarlet Pimpernel and a small band of devoted followers
had dedicated their lives and fortunes to saving the innocent
aristocrats of the French Revolution and the horror of the
guillotine. They risked their lives on numerous occasions and
rescued many French noblesse bringing them to the safety and
security of England.
Sir Percy Blakenley, one of the wealthiest men in England,
was married to Lady Marguerite St. Just who was thought to be the
most beautiful and smartest woman in Europe. She was perceived as
a traitor to the French cause for having betrayed the Marquis de
St. Cyr and his whole family to the bloody guillotine. This she
was duped into doing because of her brother, Armond, who was
almost killed by them for having dared to love the daughter of an
aristocrat. Therefore Sir Percy showed no love toward Marguerite
and acted the part of a fool. She thought Sir Percy to be a vain,
pompous dandy and could not conceive how she ever married him. In
spite of this she still had feelings of love for him. Sir Percy
loved her deeply, though he also hated and detested her for what
she did. He was emotionally torn between love and hate though he
would have given or done anything for her, save revealing his
true identity as The Scarlet Pimpernel.
The French authorities sent the accredited agent, Monsieur
Chauvlin with the fox-like expression to England to capture the
League of The Scarlet Pimpernel and their leader. He approached
Marguerite for help because of her past cooperation and
friendship. She denied his request with disgust. Through a turn
of events he acquired damaging information concerning her brother
Armond, who was involved with the League. She was forced to
assist the clever Chauvlin in his evil task with the promise that
her brother would be set free from prosecution. At Lord
Greenville's Ball she took a scrap of paper from Sir Andrew, a
League member of The Scarlet Pimpernel. This paper revealed the
meeting time of the League leader in the supper room. She gave
the paper to Chauvlin who hid himself in the room and cleverly
deduced that Sir Percy was the leader of the League. He formed a
plan to capture the Scarlet Pimpernel.
After Marguerite realized what a terrible thing she did,
she told Sir Percy everything about Chauvlin and her brother. Sir
Percy assured her he would save Armond and the Comte de Tournay
and sailed for France the next day. Next, Marguerite
investigated his room and found maps of Paris, a large painting
of his mother, a large desk with many papers scattered on it and
a ring with the engraving of a scarlet pimpernel on it. Knowing
then that the Scarlet Pimpernel was Sir Percy she enlisted the
help of Sir Andrew Ffoulkes. Quickly they sailed to Calais to try
to warn Sir Percy that Chauvlin knew his true identity and had
laid a trap for him. Although unable to warn him, Sir Percy was
clever enough to know of Chauvlin's plans and took appropriate
measures to deceive and elude him. They eventually
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