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The historical novel entitled The Scarlet Pimpernel is a classic and truly deserves this prestigious title The author of this enthralling 267 page book is Baroness Emma Orczy and it was published by Dodd Mead Company in the year 1964 The scene is set in the terrorized Paris of revolutionary France in the 1800s During this time period nobody was safe from the horrifying grasp of Madame la Guillotine which claimed hundreds of lives every day But a few brave men headed by a courageous person known only as the anonymous Scarlet Pimpernel helped the innocent escape from their deaths By use of trickery and deceit these 20 men helped many endangered aristocrats escape from France back to the safety of England There the lives of the royalty and honored citizens were protected Among the most widely acknowledged person of high society at the time was Lady Marguerite Blakeney who was also known as being the cleverest woman in Europe She had married a man by the name of Sir Percy Blakeney who had flattered her with his deep love But they soon grew apart after Lady Blakeney confessed to her husband how she had accidentally been involved in sending a noble family to the guillotine Feeling shocked and disappointed towards his wife Sir Percys adoration of her was not shown anymore However he continued on with his life of which a part was left untold to his wife whom he could not trust He never let her know of the secretive life he led as the celebrated Scarlet Pimpernel Later on Lady Blakeney was blackmailed into making a deal with a French spy named Chauvelin He had promised the return of her beloved brother Armand from death in France if she promised to help in leading him to the elusive man known as the Scarlet Pimpernel It was a difficult moral decision but out of the love for her dear brother and not
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