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The Scarlet Pimpernel Essay, Research Paper The historical novel entitled The Scarlet Pimpernel is a classic and truly deserves this prestigious title. The author of this enthralling 267 page book is Baroness Emma Orczy and it was published by Dodd, Mead & Company in the year 1964. The scene is set in the terrorized Paris of revolutionary France in the 1800’s. During this time period nobody was safe from the horrifying grasp of “Madame la Guillotine” which claimed hundreds of lives every day. But a few brave men headed by a courageous person known only as the anonymous Scarlet Pimpernel, helped the innocent escape from their deaths. By use of trickery and deceit, these 20 men helped many endangered aristocrats escape from France back to the safety of England. There,

the lives of the royalty and honored citizens were protected. Among the most widely acknowledged person of high society at the time was Lady Marguerite Blakeney who was also known as being the “cleverest woman in Europe.” She had married a man by the name of Sir Percy Blakeney who had flattered her with his deep love. But they soon grew apart after Lady Blakeney confessed to her husband how she had accidentally been involved in sending a noble family to the guillotine. Feeling shocked and disappointed towards his wife, Sir Percy’s adoration of her was not shown anymore. However he continued on with his life of which a part was left untold to his wife whom he could not trust. He never let her know of the secretive life he led as the celebrated Scarlet Pimpernel. Later on,

Lady Blakeney was blackmailed into making a deal with a French spy named Chauvelin. He had promised the return of her beloved brother, Armand, from death in France if she promised to help in leading him to the elusive man known as the Scarlet Pimpernel. It was a difficult moral decision, but out of the love for her dear brother and not knowing that her husband was actually the man she was sacrificing for him, Marguerite Blakeney helped Chauvelin. After discovering the true identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Marguerite raced to France in hopes of undoing her grave mistake and saving her husband who she knew was being hunted by Chauvelin. The suspense mounted as Marguerite felt the time ticking away in which her dear husband and brother had to live. She secretly followed Chauvelin

through the dark streets of France as he tracked down her husband. Chauvelin’s soldiers were guided by a Jewish man to a hut where the Scarlet Pimpernel was thought to be hiding with Armand. However, Marguerite Blakeney was soon discovered by the soldiers. She was tied and gagged along with the Jewish man and the hut was searched for Armand and the other men, but they had escaped. However, Chauvelin had found a small note in the corner of the hut which seemed to have been forgotten by them. It was written by the Scarlet Pimpernel and had directions to the place where he was next headed. Leaving the weak Marguerite Blakeney and the Jewish man alone, Chauvelin and his soldiers marched off to the place described in the note. Little did they know that the Scarlet Pimpernel had been

with them the entire time, as the disguised Jewish man. Reunited at last, Lady Blakeney and her daring husband rekindled their love as they saw how their lives had almost been sacrificed for each other. They traveled back to the safety of England where they met Armand and the innocent ones who had escaped with him. As for Chauvelin, his fate was not made very clear in the novel but it can be guessed that an appointment was arranged for him to meet “Madame la Guillotine.” This novel seemed to be well written being filled with suspense, mystery, wit, romance, and a “twist” at the end. The use of a few illustrations throughout the novel assisted in visually portraying the story. They gave flare to the vivid descriptions of Lady Marguerite Blakeney, the “cleverest woman in