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The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel: A Book of Short Stories


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Baroness Orczy's work titled 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' is divided into thirty-one chapters. Orczy structures the novel to begin during the Reign of Terror after the rise of the French Revolution. Orczy's story serves as a precursor to the disguised 'superhero tales' Zorro and Batman. With this in mind, Orczy begins the novel with Marguerite St. Just, a French actress, who is the wife of a wealthy English fop named Sir Percy Blakeney, a baronet. Before marrying Blakeney, Marguerite took revenge upon the Marquis de St. Cyr. He ordered her brother to be beaten for his romantic interest in the former's daughter. Marquis and his sons where sent to the guillotine. This news causes Percy to separate from his wife, Marguerite, who later becomes disillusioned with her husband's lifestyle. Orczy then introduces another plot by focusing the narrative on the 'League of the Scarlet Pimpernel,' a secret society of twenty English aristocrats. As a league, they rescue French counterparts from daily executions. Their leader is disguised; only a few know his identity. By the end of 'The Scarlet Pimpernel,' Marguerite and her husband reconcile.


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Although Marguerite cannot quite admit it to herself, she has made a decision. She cannot ever turn her back on her brother. Ever since their parents died, while Marguerite was still a young child, Armand has taken care of her. He is more than just a brother; he is her father and mother as well. The gallant hero, the Scarlet Pimpernel, will have to fend for himself. Marguerite has heard all the stories about his bold rescues and escapes from French authorities in the past, and she feels sure that the Pimpernel will be able to save himself again. As she sees it, she has no choice. She must save her brother, no matter the cost to the Pimpernel.