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READ DOWNLOAD · The Scarlet Pimpernel õ The classic story of the adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel in Revolutionary France Summary by Karen Savage 9 10 Ah, classic How I had always imagined that the classics are only for those who are born, brought up, spoon fed in and potty trained in English and how wrong was I to think that they are out of the reach of people like me who had only subnormal command over the English language Among many other popular authors of the classic era,Emmuska Orczywas a name much bandied about for her magnum opus,The Scarlet Pimpernel, even during my school days I can t quite 9 10 Ah, classic How I had always imagined that the classics are only for those who are born, brought up, spoon fed in and potty trained in English and how wrong was I to think that they are out of the reach of people like me who had only subnormal command over the English language Among many other popular authors of the classic era,Emmuska Orczywas a name much bandied about for her magnum opus,The Scarlet Pimpernel, even during my school days I can t quite pinpoint the exact reason why I was motivated to choose this book as the first proper classic novel that I will ever read, but it sure delivered the necessary impact that made me change my course of this book journey of my life and embrace the uphill task of delving into the treasure trove of works left behind by the writers of yonder and unearth the hidden riches of the literature world that I have so far eschewed This story describes the many facets of the post revolution France and the ripples that reflected off from places as far as London The story is written in a simple, lucid style and the narrative is very straightforward and candid, that never once did I feel like I am in the middle of a momentous undertaking as this one A MYSTERY, BUT NOT QUITEThe story traces the mysterious ways of one enigmatic Englishman who works under the sobriquet of The Scarlet Pimpernel and plots ingenious ways to bring back the doomed aristocrats from the very verge of death to the safety of the English hospitality Throughout the first half, we are left to our own devices to hazard a guess as to who this Scarlet Pimpernel could be and the sense of bewilderment ties you to the story to the hilt After all, you have been hearing about this titular character for ages and you are only a few hours away from learning the true identity of this much celebrated hero of all ages On a parallel timeline, you are treated to the boisterous and always in the spotlight kind of life of Lady Blakeney aka Marguerite St Just who is popular equally among the intelligentsia and the fashionistas of the 18th century London and her ridiculously rich but inanely infectious laughter along with other attributes husband Sir Percy Blakeney Her undulating affections for Sir Percy ranging from utter hatred for his foolish ways to unconditional love for the worshipper in him keep us riveted to the story in an effort to help us understand which direction a witty woman s feelings for a dim witted husband should swing towards A THRILLER BUT NOT QUITEThe beginning of the second part is what should be the one to reveal the identity of the RESCUER EXTRAORDINNAIRE himself This is where Lady Blakeney is unwittingly fooled into aiding in the capture of The Scarlet Pimpernel by the evil French official Monsieur Chauvelin, who used to be her close associate during her young days in France, in return for her beloved brother Armand s life Her arduous journey in a league member Sir Andrew Ffoulkes company to save her loved ones or die alongside them trying presents to us the typical dilemma of choosing one of two equally valuable things and that s why this novel is worthy of being hailed as one of the finest precursors to the modern day whodunits, even though the dearth of a multitude of characters made it easy for the readers to zero in on the suspect not in the usual life taker sense, but in the unusual life saver sense Oh, and you wouldn t quite believe how the quirky masks and strange countenances helped our dashing hero to slip away right from under the nose of his archenemy.That this novel is a wonderful commentary on love, family, gallantry, friendship, loyalty, commitment and betrayal in the times of turmoil comes as no surprise to me But, ifsimplecould move me so much, in this age where there is a tendency among people to complicate things, and usher in a paradigm shift in my reading habit, then I owe it to this brilliant, elegant yet plain prose And this story makes hero worshipping only that much better.PS If you read my review, you d notice that I have left a clue as to who the eponymous Scarlet Pimpernel is Gah, the joy of giving away to the world the secret identity of someone you know Human nature is century independent, huh 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 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 itYou re sitting on a bench engrossed in a book The person next to you leans over and asks,What are you readingYou can finally plaster a smug ass smile on your face and say,Why, right now I m thoroughly enjoying Orczy s classic, The Scarlet PimpernelSee 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 four 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 But.It s a readable book.Go get it, and for a few blissful moments, you can pretend that you re an intellectual giant 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 liter 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 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 Engl 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 on two continents, 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