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The Scarlet Pimpernel e-text contains the full text of The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy.
The soon arrives with her daughter and son, lamenting that her husband remains in Paris while she has escaped with her children. She prays for his successful rescue and asks whether she can meet the Scarlet Pimpernel, the man who has saved her and her children's life. She is told it is impossible, for the Pimpernel's identity is strictly secret.

 

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The setting moves to a small pub in Dover called The Fisherman's Rest. Here, English men and women await several French aristocrats who have managed to escape from Paris with the help of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Two of these Englishmen, and , close accomplices of .


Because the adventures of the Pimpernel were set in immediate post-revolutionary France, people these days tend to think the story has been around since the end of the 1700s, but the novel was first published in London in 1905.


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In 1905, a young Hungarian born writer named the Baroness Orczy createdan audacious and reckless hero, a "daring plotter" who used"tricks and games" against the cruelties of the FrenchRevolution. In the best tradition of , thestory mixed historical fact with dramatic adventure: as the Reign ofTerror reaches its bloody climax in 1794, a brave band of Englishmen risktheir lives to rescue the intended victims of the guillotine. Their leaderis an enigmatic hero known only by his calling card: the red, star-shapedwildflower known as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Book Review: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

Bibot scrutinizes a passing cart for hidden aristocrats, but quickly lets them go when the old hag driver tells him that her grandson has small-pox. Soon enough, Bibot realizes his mistake when a captain comes bounding up -- for the old hag was the 'accursed Englishman himself -- the Scarlet Pimpernel.'

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From the outset, The Scarlet Pimpernel makes no secret of its genre -- it's a swashbuckling adventure devoid of subtlety. The book careens from location to location, telling a story of heroism and nobility, all while maintaining a tense plot. The wonder of Orczy's novel is its economy and pacing; no sooner is a character mentioned, such as the Comtesse de Tournay, than that character appears. This approach, though lacking in subtlety, maximizes plot twists and suspense. As we look at The Scarlet Pimpernel, its crucial that we consider structure as the most crucial element in the book; no matter how endearing the characters, if the plot couldn't sustain momentum and economy, the novel would collapse. The melodrama of the story only works when abetted by an unceasing storyline full of action and plot twists.

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The opening resonates with myth -- it presents no characters that we'll see again, simply telling the legend of the Pimpernel who would free those aristocrats condemned to die. Orczy thus pulls off a nifty trick: the natural sympathies of the reader would be expected to be with the masses against the aristocrats, but by telling the legend of the Pimpernel, presenting him straightaway and unambiguously as the hero, Orczy encourages us to feel awe and admiration for the man who would rescue these doomed aristocrats. Though the reader is more likely to be a member of the "masses" than the nobility, the mythic presentation of the Pimpernel does not allow us to identify with the forces of democracy.