The Scarlet Pimpernel By Emmuska Orczy

    Rick Flair talks about The Scarlet Pimpernel.



    Let me step it down a notch for you literary librarian types and let me pose a question: was the Scarlet Pimpernel the first masked superhero? I mean I’m thinkin about Batman, Green Hornet, The Shadow – right? All those cats had a hidden identity and they had their crime fightin side too.

    YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYIN??? The Stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun!


    For all you who don’t know, this was set in the French Revolution and unlike us in AMERICA who settled our fight the old-fashioned way, those FRENCHIES took to choppin off HEADS of the old French aristocracy and royalty. And while the author, a BARONESS herself, gives some objective reasons for the French dislike of the uppity rich folks, she has her hero THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL! ride across the English Channel and rescue French royals.



    Don’t wanna hand out any SPOILERS to you readers who don’t know about this HUNDRED AND SOMETHIN year old book, but THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL pretends to be an English FOP when he’s not out rescuin’ Frenchies from MADAM FREAKIN GUILLOTINE!

    So read up and get some culture from this CLASSIC!


    Emmuska Orczy This is a beautiful book, with a well-written storyline, a smooth flow, a good pace, and an interesting set of characters. Set up in the backdrop of the Reign of Terror in France, in the aftermath of the French revolution, the author creates a story of a fictitious small league of British aristocrats led by one named The Scarlet Pimpernel, who help smuggle the French royals and aristocrats into the safety of England away from the clutches of the vengeful Republican Government of France who seek their lives. Troubled and humiliated by the actions of this unknown league, the French government appoints an official to seek and destroy the daring Scarlet Pimpernel. Threats, dangerous bargains, and betrayals take place while the two opposing enemies try to outwit the other in a dangerous game of life and death.

    This is a beautifully crafted story, full of intrigue and suspense. The flow was smooth, and the story became more and more intense as the author gradually builds up suspense. Also, despite the gravity of the background in which the story is set, there was humour, too, especially in the actions of the Scarlet Pimpernel. The writing is simple and that made it quick and easy to read. I really loved the way the story was structured and executed. There were no unnecessary details, no exaggerations. Everything was appropriate and to the point including the emotions of the characters.

    Out of all, however, what captured me the most is the characters. The male protagonist is the daring Scarlet Pimpernel, who is brave, resourceful, and astute. No one would fail to love him, the dear hero. The female protagonist is a beautiful and clever woman who enters into a dangerous bargain with the enemy not realizing the consequences. Once her mistake comes to light, she takes on herself a courageous journey to the jaws of death to rescue her loved ones from peril. The emotional trauma the author takes her through disclosing her suffering yet elaborating on her courage makes her character close and dear to the heart of the readers. What is most interesting is that I could even like the vile enemy of the hero and heroine!

    Overall, it was a great read. I really enjoyed it, and would easily recommend it to those who love a fast-paced, good adventure. Emmuska Orczy Okay, I read this for exactly two reasons: one, I thought this book was on The List (it's not); and two, the Scarlet Pimpernel is the inspiration for the Bruce Wayne/Batman dichotomy and I am a giant dork.

    For a book about a secret team of English nobleman working to rescue French nobles from the scary revolutionists who want them dead, this is a surprisingly unexciting book. The pace is fast, and there's plenty of spying and blackmailing and races against time, but there isn't a single fistfight, swordfight, gunfight or slapping fight in the whole book. There's sort of a chase scene at the end, but the pursued party is in a slow-moving cart and the pursuer is on foot. There's plenty of drama and intrigue and excitement, but just one duel would have been nice.

    Luckily, the characters are all great. Sir Percy, in addition to being a precursor to Bruce Wayne's vigilante-disguised-as-idiot-rich-boy act, also reminded me of Lord Peter Wimsey (another fan of the Badass Disguised as Fop method), which was awesome. His archenemy is Chauvelin, basically the French version of Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds, and everybody was generally so cool that I forgot about how amazingly not scary a name like Scarlet Pimpernel is.

    The true hero of this story, surprisingly, is not the Scarlet Pimpernel. He mostly stays in the background while people talk about him, and throughout the whole book we never really get to see him in action. Instead, we see almost everything through the eyes of Sir Percy's wife, Marguerite, who despite everything manages to be awesome. The issue I had with Marguerite was that she's repeatedly referred to as the cleverest woman in Europe, but god damn is she stupid. Sir Percy might as well have been dancing around wearing a sign that read Hello, I am secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel and she wouldn't figure it out. At one point, Marguerite snoops around in Percy's study and sees the following objects: maps of the English and French coastlines on the walls, and a small ring with a scarlet pimpernel flower engraved on it. Marguerite stares blindly at these objects and is like, But what does it all mean?

    The major flaw in the Percy/Marguerite marriage was a lack of communication. First we find out that Marguerite had a French family arrested by accident before she was married, and never told Percy about it even after she found out that she'd made a mistake. Then, when Chauvelin tells Marguerite that she has to work as a spy for him or he'll kill her brother, Marguerite doesn't tell her husband what's going on until after she sells out the Pimpernel without knowing who he is. I mean, Jesus. Also he's in disguise for the last part of the book and it was so fucking obvious which character was actually Percy in disguise I wanted to throw the book at the wall.

    But fortunately, this all ends with Marguerite becoming awesome, racing against the clock to save her husband and defeat Chauvelin, and the ending between Percy and Marguerite is surprisingly sweet and very satisfying.

    (that got a bit rambly, didn't it?) Anyway, in conclusion: a fun espionage story, even if it's not as swashbuckling as I expected and everyone except the Pimpernel is an idiot. I'll be looking up the movie version soon, and will likely prefer it to the book. Emmuska Orczy “A surging, seething murmuring crowd, of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate.”- The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy

    It’s been too long since I last enjoyed a classic novel and I was beginning to fear that I was falling out of love with my favourite genre. Well, I found the remedy with “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” What a lot of fun!

    The French Revolution is one of my favourite periods of history to learn about despite the morbidity and the violence and cruelty. It's shocking to be reminded of the fact that even children were guillotined. It makes you wonder why on earth people felt the need to be so barbaric and unforgiving.

    Baroness Orczy also introduces us to one of the most interesting characters in literature, in my opinion, Sir Percival Blakeney, Bart., aka The Scarlet Pimpernel. His character is an example of what I’d call the Columbo effect, a dopey demeanour that puts people at ease and disguises sheer brilliance. Sir Percy is a fop who is obsessed with fashion and making inane comments that amuse those around him. Surely he can’t be the Scarlet Pimpernel???
    Emmuska Orczy I have seen a movie version on this book at some point but I had not read the book. I am so glad I did. I highly recommend it. Don't rely on the movie versions of this classic, they don't do it justice. If you have an e reader this book should be free. I ordered mine on Kindle. There were some typos here and there, but nothing serious. Emmuska Orczy


    SUMMARY The Scarlet Pimpernel

    This book has an intriguing plot. The story evolves in England and France during the French Revolution and shows the sides of the best and worst of humanity. The Scarlet Pimpernel

    Odd's Fish ! Is this book an action adventure, a romance, historical fiction?
    Baroness Orczy has provided us with all that.
    Tis a fun romp, I say.
    Had I known how much of this story was romance, I might not have read it but then I would have missed out on how good an all round story it really is.
    Baroness Orczy was a playwright and this book was adapted into a play or the play was adapted into the book. I know not which was first.
    It does have it's faults but still deserving of it's place in literary history.

    Sir Percy Blakeney is an English dandy in his normal life. But it is when he takes on the guise as The Scarlet Pimpernel that he becomes a hero to the French aristocrats. Crossing the English channel on his yacht, The Day Dream, in order to save .these aristocrats from their adjudged doom upon the guillotine. Tally ho! - and away we go!

    This book's disguised hero story-line, first published in 1905, has been accredited with giving inspiration to several other literary heroes such as Batman, Zorro and The Shadow.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, Now I know not where those writers received their inspiration but surely there had been other, earlier, similar stories.
    First comes to mind, The Bible. Josiah disguised himself in order to make war with Neco, King of Egypt. This adventure didn't turn out good for Josiah. So close, but not quite.
    Then I look to ol Willy Shakes. You gotta know Shakespeare couldn't, wouldn't leave this type story-line alone.
    Measure for Measure, fitting title I believe, is a play written by Shakespeare back in 1603.
    In this play Vincentio, the Duke of Vienna, lets everyone know that he is leaving the city on a diplomatic mission.
    What he does then is stay in the city disguised as Friar Lodowick in order to observe the governing of the city in his absence.
    At the end of the play The Duke reveals himself in order the save an innocent man from the guillotine. Emmuska Orczy The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Scarlet Pimpernel #1), Emmuska Orczy

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first novel in a series of historical fiction by Baroness Orczy, published in 1905.

    Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine.

    His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

    But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.

    It was written after her stage play of the same title enjoyed a long run in London, having opened in Nottingham in 1903.

    The novel is set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution.

    Sir Percy Blakeney leads a double life: apparently nothing more than a wealthy fop, but in reality a formidable swordsman and a quick-thinking escape artist.

    The band of gentlemen who assist him are the only ones who know of his secret identity.

    He is known by his symbol, a simple flower, the scarlet pimpernel.

    Marguerite Blakeney, his French wife, does not share his secret.

    She is approached by the new French envoy to England, Chauvelin, with a threat to her brother's life if she does not aid in the search for the Pimpernel.

    She aids him, and then discovers that the Pimpernel is also very dear to her. She sails to France to stop the envoy.

    عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «رازی‍ان‍ه‌ س‍رخ‌»؛ «اسکارلت پیمپرنل»؛‬ «اسکارلت»؛ نویسنده: بارونس اورسزی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوازدهم ماه نوامبر سال 2006میلادی

    عنوان: رازی‍ان‍ه‌ س‍رخ‌؛ نویسنده: ب‍ارون‍زا م‍وس‍ک‍ا ارس‍زی‌ (ام‍وش‍ک‍ا اورت‍س‍ی‌)؛ مت‍رج‍م: زه‍ره‌ ب‍ک‍وب‍ی‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌: س‍روس‍ت‍ان‌، 1383؛ در 198ص؛ چاپ دیگر ت‍ه‍ران‌: بوس‍ت‍ان‌، 1387؛ شابک 9789646110649؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان مجارستانی تبار بریتانیا - سده 20م

    فهرست: «پاریس سپتامبر 1792میلاد»؛ «دوور مهمانسرای ماهیگیر»؛ «مارگریت»؛ «یک دیدار غیر منتظره»؛ «در جایگاه اپرا»؛ «مجلس رقص لرد گرن ویل»؛ «ساعت یک بامداد»؛ «ریچموند»؛ «رازیانه سرخ»؛ «کالایز»؛ «دام مرگ»؛ «یهودی»؛ «به دنبال رد پا»؛ «فرار»؛

    عنوان: اسکارلت؛ نویسنده: بارونس اورسزی؛ مترجم: اکرم شکرزاده؛ قم: نگاه آشنا‏‫، 1395؛ در 80ص؛ مصور، شابک 9786008181484؛ عنوان روی جلد: اسکارلت پیمپرنل؛‬ چاپ دیگر: قم‫: نگاه آشنا‬‏‫: باران سخن��‏‫، چاپ چهارم 1397؛ در 80ص؛ همان شابک؛ چاپ دیگر با عنوان اسکارلت پیمپرتل؛ قم: لاهیجی، ‏‫1398؛ در 80ص؛ شابک 9789649902890؛

    داستانی تاریخی از دوران «انقلاب» در کشور «فرانسه» است، که مردی «انگلیسی»، زنان و کودکان بسیاری را، از سپرده شدن به «گیوتین» نجات میدهد؛

    تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 23/12/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی Emmuska Orczy When the guillotine dropped quickly, remorselessly and often, there arose a mysterious Englishman, who crossed the channel, to rescue the French Aristocrats ( mostly innocent victims), he called himself, The Scarlet Pimpernel . Named after a modest, British flower, this person organized a band of twenty high-born men, he like the flower, was unpretentious . Their daring deeds thrilled the world, Antoine Fouquier-Tinville director of the French government, wants to capture these enemies. Offers 5,000 francs, for the head of the unknown leader, but the brilliant Pimpernel, has supernatural powers, they say...The Terror was just beginning, Sir Percy Blakeney is a rather silly, unintelligent, fop (everyone thought so ). Percy travels in High Society, his friend is the dissolute Prince of Wales, similar men are his young followers, and copy all Blakeney's latest clothes he wears. Recite his witty words, the riches man in England was surprisingly... the secret chief of this group of daredevils, in perilous France...Having recently married a French actress, Marguerite St. Just, the most beautiful, smart woman in the country . All her friends, were stunned, she had many suitors, love of money, undoubtedly was the reason. A hard, precarious childhood, Marguerite and her older brother, Armand, endured, as they lost their parents, at an early age. Unusually close, they depended on each other to survive, but still, how can she, lower herself to such a nitwit dandy? With an irritating laugh ? Her many friends, can't accept it...In Paris the barricades, surround the city, everyone leaving, is thoroughly searched. Their carts, barrels, animals, all that goes by, particularly the frightened citizens, the fleeing aristocrats, can't get out. An old, ugly woman, approaches the western barricades, the cart will not be searched, her grandson has the plague, she says...The guards, back away and the vehicle slowly passes, into the countryside, never to be seen again. Yes, The Scarlet Pimpernel, is the old woman, and some nobles are hidden, in the wagon. Sir Percy is a master of disguise, it will save his life, numerous times. The Committee of Safety, the notorious Revolutionary French government, sends an agent to England, to find out, the identity of this Scarlet Pimpernel. Such a silly name ! Citizen Chauvelin , the spy, is also an accredited official, of the bloody, French regime, and a former friend of Lady Blakeney. When her brave brother, or foolish, Armand, working for her husband, in France, to help some Aristocrats escape, is apprehended. The Day Dream, Sir Percy's yacht, which has been used, often, to get them, across the sea, back to freedom (England), needs to sail in the opposite direction . But now the ruthless Chauvelin, threatens to kill Armand, if Lady Blakeney, doesn't find out who is the Scarlet Pimpernel...And she is in the dark, that her despised, idiot of a husband, is that person! Will Marguerite, have to choose between her husband and her beloved brother , one must die ? Appearances are not always reality, as this book shows. A man wears a mask, for the world, but inside, he is a totally different animal. Emmuska Orczy Here's my new and improved title for this book...
    The Scarlet Pimpernel: A Classic That Doesn't Suck Sweaty Balls.

    I can't usually make it through classic literature.
    Does this make me a bad person?
    I think not.
    There are manymanymany other things I do on a daily basis that make me a bad person, but not being able to force myself to read (in my opinion) outdated and overrated books is not one of them.

    There are other readers out there like me, I'm sure of it! And it's you guys that I'm talking to now.
    Rejoice, fellow slackers! There is a classic that you can actually read!
    Imagine it...
    You're sitting on a bench engrossed in a book. The person next to you leans over and asks, What are you reading?. You can finally plaster a smug-ass smile on your face and say, Why, right now I'm thoroughly enjoying Orczy's classic, The Scarlet Pimpernel..
    See?! Doesn't that sound awesome!
    And when someone asks you what you've recently read, you won't have to admit to the fact that you're deep into a series about an alien who falls in love with his human neighbor, your extensive comic book collection, or all of that erotica that's hidden neatly away on your Kindle!

    Now is this book really a five star novel by my 'real-book' standards?
    Fuck, no!
    It's old as shit. The copy I got didn't even have anything on the cover.
    You know it's old when it has got that black cover-thing going on.
    The pages were creaky, it smelled weird, and I think there's a possibility I should have had it tested for mold before I brought it into my house.
    It's a readable book.
    Go get it, and for a few blissful moments, you can pretend that you're an intellectual giant.

    2021 audiobook

    Listening to this was an even better experience than reading it.
    5 stars for the Naxos Audiobooks edition with Bill Homewood as the narrator. Loved it!
    This book has everything I want in an adventure novel - daring rescues, crazy disguises, a clever and bold heroine, an intelligent hero with a sense of humor, and a love story with a twist.
    Highly Recommended! Emmuska Orczy
    I've always had a thing for books that use the Scarlet Pimpernel trope: the intelligent, capable person who hides behind a mask of inanity. So Emma Orczy gets extra points from me for popularizing this secret identity plot device in her 1905 book The Scarlet Pimpernel.

    It's 1792, the early days of the French Revolution, and the Reign of Terror is at its peak: thousands of French aristocrats, men, women and children, are sent to the guillotine, regardless of actual fault. But a group of brave English noblemen, led by the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, are rescuing many of the condemned French aristocrats and spiriting them away to England. French authorities are outraged.

    Meanwhile, Marguerite St. Just, a lovely French actress who inexplicably married the slow-witted, foppish but extremely wealthy Sir Percy Blakeney, is having issues in her marriage: she thought her rather foolish husband adored her, but they've drifted far apart, ever since she confessed to him that her accusation against a French noble family resulted in their deaths, while being too proud to explain the whole story to him. She's not quite sure why, but now she finds she misses the adoration of the big galoot.

    But Marguerite has worse problems: the French envoy to England is blackmailing her into spying for him, so he can find out who the Scarlet Pimpernel is and make sure he dies the next time he sets foot in France. If she doesn't cooperate, her beloved brother Armand will be guillotined.

    This is an old-fashioned adventure/romance novel, not all that well written and not terribly deep, but an easy, enjoyable read, for a hundred year old book anyway. It frequently gets high on the melodrama (I about lost it when Sir Percy passionately kisses the places Marguerite's feet and hand have touched, half-crazed with frustrated love) and it's incurably pro-aristocracy, though Baroness Orczy reluctantly admits that some of the French nobility had caused much suffering for the common people. And Marguerite, for a person who's supposed to be the cleverest woman in all of France and England, sure got smacked hard on the head by the Oblivious Fairy's wand.

    But the exploits of the Scarlet Pimpernel and his merry band are well-plotted and exciting to read, and the romantic relationship is unusual: can two married people who don't really understand each other and have become estranged, ever work things out?

    I totally got sucked into it and was all, d'awww! at the end. Good times! Emmuska Orczy