In this setting Baroness Orczy introduces Marguerite, her foppish husband Sir Percy, the accredited agent of France, Chauvelin; and the elusive and wily Scarlet Pimpernel.
Elegant And Intelligent Marguerite
Marguerite is a young French actress
who marries a rich Englishman, Sir Percy Blakeney. Not only is she the
most beautiful lady in England as well as France, but she is also the
smartest lady in Europe. With her clever mind she is a deep thinker,
planning everything out before her.
Although it seems that she lives
quite happily, Marguerite Blakeney realizes that Sir Percy has ceased
loving her and has pushed her out of his life. Marguerite finds herself
admiring the unknown Scarlet Pimpernel for his bravery and
Foolish Sir Percy
Sir Percy Blakeney is rich and foolish. Cowardly and stupid, he enjoys
nothing better than midnight rides and fancy clothes. Although it seems
he would not care, Percy does not trust his wife, Marguerite. He has
decided to shut her out of his life as well as his heart.
Chauvelin is a sly Frenchmen and an old friend of Marguerite. Chauvelin
is faced with the task of finding the Pimpernel before he finds himself
at the threshold of the guillotine. He will do anything to be the one to
send the elusive Pimpernel to the guillotine, filling his own pockets
The Cunning Scarlet Pimpernel
The Pimpernel is cunning, smart, and elusive. He dedicates his
time to help the unfortunate aristocrats escape unjust death at the
guillotine. He craftily disguises himself, sneaks into Paris, stuns
guards and the people of France, and brings the Royalists back to
England, where he is just as unknown as in France.
are not the only thing he needs to keep out of danger, the nineteen
young Englishmen in his league are also his responsibility.
A Hero, An Ultimatum, A Penitent
The Pimpernel is a fear to the French people and a worry to the Paris gate guards. Chauvelin is desperate not to let one more aristocrat escape.
He asks Marguerite if she will help him find the Pimpernel or have her brother go to the guillotine. Marguerite is helpless against to his ultimatum.
Later, when Marguerite does discover the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel she quickly runs to France and tries to find the hero and tell him that Chauvelin is on his track.
She does not find the Pimpernel right away but who she does find is Chauvelin. Marguerite follows Chauvelin and tries to warn the Scarlet Pimpernel. As she is caught and bound by Chauvelin she loses hope. Then suddenly, through the careful planning of the Scarlet Pimpernel, they meet and safely return to England.
The Scarlet Pimpernel Book Summary Evaluation
This story is a well written, true-to-life novel about love and is filled with suspense. Marguerite and Sir Percy overcome their pride, gain one another's trust, and live truly happy in England.
The author keeps the reader on the edge of their seat especially in the final suspenseful chapters. This excellent novel shows that love can overcome pride no matter what may lay ahead.
Baroness Orczy’s characters teach the reader loyalty, self-denial and
bravery. In the end, Marguerite was loyal to the Pimpernel by putting
her life in danger to warn him. The Scarlet Pimpernel’s extraordinary
self-denial as he bravely faces many dangers for the sake of others
inspires the reader.
Loyalty, self-denial and bravery linger in the
reader’s mind and help inspire him to develop these virtues in his own
I couldn't put this book down. It was a great suspenseful drama weaved with an intriguing mystery weaved in. This is a timeless tale that will be enjoyed by all ages.