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Scarlet Pimpernel By Baroness Emmuska Orczy Bantam Books 264 pg In 1792 during the French Revolution a figure named the Scarlet Pimpernel saved many aristocrats from the French Using daring plots and disguises he escaped from the French and his archenemy Chauvelin The main characters in this story are Lady Marguerite StJust Sir Percy Blakenley Sir Andrew Ffoulkes Chauvelin Armand St Just and Mr Jellyband Sir Percy Blakenley was a good-looking and well-bred Englishman He was a young man taller than average broad-shouldered and massively built To conceal his identity as The Scarlet Pimpernel he assumed the manners of a fop with a nonsensical conversation and a perpetual inane laugh In reality he was the bravest most honorable daring and intelligent man in all of Europe who risked his life for the sake of others Lady Marguerite St Just a member of the artistic Parisian circles was lavishly gifted with talent and beauty She was thought by many to be the most beautiful and the cleverest woman in Europe She had one fault her unfathomable love for her brother Armand whom she raised from childhood She was a woman of deep emotions and unrelenting pride This caused her much grief and anguish and despite the extent of her intelligence she was unable to discern the events that were happening around her Monsieur Chauvlin was a representative of the French Republican Government whose duties were to find out about the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and deliver the members to their punishment Chauvlin was nearly forty years of age with deep sunken yellow eyes and a fox-like expression Above all he was intelligent shrewd and clever He would stop at nothing to attain his goal He would use any sinister method any cruel device any despicable act in his quest to capture the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel This story takes place in 1792 during the French Revolution The French people hated the aristos so
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