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Scarlet Pimpernel. The Scarlet Pimpernel was created by the Baroness Emmuska Orczy (Lady Molly, Man in Grey (II), Old Man in the Corner, Hector Ratichon, Skin O’My Tooth) and appeared in fourteen novels and short story collections from 1905 to 1940, beginning with The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905).
The Scarlet Pimpernel is Sir Percy Blakeney, one of the richest men in England during the years of the French Revolution. Blakeney is a silly, brainless fop, a “nincompoop,” an utter tit. He's languid, logorrheic, and a ninny. At least, that's his cover. In the disguise of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Blakeney is a brave, dashing hero who specializes in rescuing the imperiled French aristocrats from their sentences of death-by-guillotine, often from Paris and under the noses and eyes of the French guards.
The Pimpernel is a master of disguise, a top-notch swordsman, and a cunning strategist. Repeatedly he foils the plans of the French and their “Satanic” agent Chauvelin. Blakeney is assisted by the League of the Pimpernel, a band of devoted English noblemen who implicitly follow the Pimpernel's orders. Blakeney is married to Marguerite, who is "one of the most clever women in Europe” and a devoted, loving and courageous wife, though devoted and loving only when she discovers that he is not a coward, but is the Pimpernel.
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