The Scarlet Pimpernel

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The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy is an adventurous novel about Sir Percy Blakeney, a wealthy Englishman who disguised himself under the false pretence of The Scarlet Pimpernel, a brave and clever man who used preposterous disguises to free innocent French aristocrats that had been convicted and were waiting to be put to death under the wrath of Madame Guillotine. Sir Blakeney was married to Marguerite St. Just, known to be the most beautiful and smartest women in Europe, but in France she was considered a traitor for revealing the Marquis de St. Cyr and his whole family to the bloody guillotine to help her brother Armand get revenge for almost being killed for loving the daughter of an aristocrat. This act of hers disgusted…show more content…
She believed that there was more to him than what he showed everyone, but he wouldn’t open up to her and reveal himself as the intelligent Scarlet Pimpernel that lived inside of him. The time period of The Scarlet Pimpernel was during the French Revolution, around 1792. This was a key factor in the novel, developing the story significantly. The “Scarlet Pimpernel,” the alibi used by Sir Percy Blakeney, and his league saved innocent French aristocrats from their terrible fates of death by guillotine during the French Revolution, a violent revolt of the peasants against the aristocrats. This ties into the course content because it shows a different side of the French Revolution. As with A Tale of Two Cities, it shows perspective from only one of the sides of the French Revolution, but The Scarlet Pimpernel shows the aristocratic pain and suffering, and the bravery of a man and his league to save innocent lives. It further demonstrates the hurt inflicted to all the citizens of France during the French Revolution, and the bloodthirsty others who relished the daily guillotine death rolls and despised all aristocrats. Sir Blakeney especially tried to save families, mostly women and children if the men couldn’t be saved. This book left the reader wondering what happened next with Percy and Marguerite, and if their marriage was as happy as it had once been. Overall, The Scarlet Pimpernel was an excellent portrayal of the pain of the French
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