Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Scarlet Pimpernel - by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel."

This ditty is by everyone's favorite fop, Sir Percy Blakeney.

If you enjoy a cracking good read and can immerse yourself in the bloody French Revolution without having nightmares of the guillotine- read The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. (NOT AVAILABLE -UK edition) (NOT AVAILABLE -Deutsch edition)

An author with such a colorful name must be a colorful writer and you will not be disappointed.  The excellent movie with Leslie Howard is mostly forgotten and probably the eponymous character's name is better known than his story.   Here is your chance to cheat death with the Pimpernel and it won't cost you a penny! Sir Percy Blakeney is also thrown in for free . . .

"I saw the Scarlet Pimpernel alone, for a few moments in Calais," said Sir Andrew, "a day or two ago. He crossed over to England two days before we did. He had escorted the party all the way from Paris, dressed--you'll never credit it!--as an old market woman, and driving--until they were safely out of the city--the covered cart, under which the Comtesse de Tournay, Mlle. Suzanne, and the Vicomte lay concealed among the turnips and cabbages. They, themselves, of course, never suspected who their driver was. He drove them right through a line of soldiery and a yelling mob, who were screaming, `A bas les aristos!' But the market cart got through along with some others, and the Scarlet Pimpernel, in shawl, petticoat and hood, yelled `A bas les aristos!' louder than anybody. Faith!" added the young man, as his eyes glowed with enthusiasm for the beloved leader, "that man's a marvel! His cheek is preposterous, I vow!--and that's what carries him through."

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