The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III THE FELLOWSHIP OF GKIEF 1 IN the antechamber of Catherine Theot's abode of mysteries some two hours later, half a dozen persons were sitting. The room was long, narrow and bare, its walls dank and colourless, and save for the rough wooden benches on which these persons sat, was void of any furniture. The benches were ranged against the walls; the one window at the end was shuttered so as to exclude all daylight, and from the ceiling there hung a broken-down wrought-iron chandelier, wherein a couple of lighted tallow candles were set, the smoke from which rose in irregular spirals upwards to the low and blackened ceiling. These persons who sat or sprawled upon the benches did not speak to one another. They appeared to be waiting. One or two of them were seemingly asleep; others, from time to time, would rouse themselves from their apathy, look with dim, inquiring eyes in the direction of a heavy portiere which hung in front of a door near the far end of the room, and would strain their ears to listen. This occurred every time that a cry, or a moan, or a sob came from behind the portiere. When this subsided again all those in the bare waiting-room resumed their patient, lethargic attitude, and a silence?weird and absolute?reigned once more over them all. Now and then somebody would sigh, and at one time one of the sleepers snored. Far away a church clock struck six. A few minutes later, the portiere was lifted, and a girl came into the room. She held a shawl, very much the worse for wear, tightly wrapped around her meagre shoulders, and from beneath her rough woollen skirt her small feet appeared clad in well-worn shoes and darned worsted stockings. Her hair, which was fair and soft, was partially hidden under a white muslin cap, and as she walked with a...
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : General Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780217759557
Branch Call Number: FIC Orcz
Characteristics: 153 p. ; 23 cm


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May 09, 2017

An all-time favorite! Romance, adventure, danger, comedy -- it has it all!

Dec 09, 2016

Wonderfully sappy... Hubba, hubba! : )

Aug 11, 2016

"We seek him here, we seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel."
I know this book primarily from an early 80s English adaptation starring Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, and, in one of his earliest roles, Ian McKellen. I always thought the book was French but Barones Orczy was actually a Hungarian-born English author. This began life as a very successful play and then turned into a series of novels. It's a potboiler and so entertaining, but a little silly and its pro-royals sentiments are off-putting to this American reader. Filmed multiple times. Not sure if he or Zorro came first, but they were among the first to have alter egos. Be sure not to accidentally pick up the blaxploitation take-off "The Scarlet Pimp."

Jun 13, 2015

Cute book. Captivates your attention and a spectacular ending.

ChrisBurr Jun 22, 2014

Fun and adventurous story. The style and prose can be a little difficult, although this could simply be due to the fact the book was written about one hundred years ago. Starts off slow, but builds nicely.

Sep 08, 2013

Romantic, historical, funny, and such a great plot. I've read it several times and will definitely read it again!

Jul 09, 2013

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BeccaBB Mar 06, 2013

I am a fan of the masked hero type. Zorro and Batman and the like. So you might want to take what I say with a grain of salt because I think I was predisposed to like this novel. And I did like it. There are less of the heroic adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel here than you may expect. You hear about his breathless, selfless rescues more than you actually get to see them. A lot of the book is told from the point of view of Lady Blakeney so the reader stays in England with her instead of getting to go to France with the Scarlet Pimpernel. But you still get to hear how he fools the French and does all sorts of heroic things. I think the events hold more surprises for the characters than they do for the reader but I don't think that hurts the story. Sometimes the 'I just want to be able to die beside my beloved' emotion of Lady Blakeney gets to be a bit much. And I have to admit that I was getting tired of being told that she was ever so clever, even though at times she didn't act like it. Over all I really liked it. It is fun and exciting with some suspense and romance.

Jan 02, 2013

I absolutely love this book! I read it on vacation and couldn't put it down. It is full of mystery and romance. I recommend if you like this story to watch the 1982 movie version (the library doesn't have it). My husband also likes this book!

Dec 24, 2012

I was expecting a rollicking adventure, and received that for the first 2/3 or so. Then the story devolved somewhat into overwrought (and repetitive!) female waiting and suffering. I enjoyed the story, and that it was mainly told from Marguerite's point of view, but eventually this modern feminist reader rammed up against Orczy's unempowered, helpless "little woman" who must be rescued. I was just expecting Marguerite ("the cleverest woman in Europe") to be more active in saving the day.

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May 22, 2014

"They seek him here, they seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere
Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
That damned elusive Pimpernel." - Baroness Orczy

Apr 25, 2011

Before entering, she paused once again to look at him, hoping against hope to see his arms stretched out to her, and to hear his voice calling her back. But he had not moved; his massive figure looked the very personification of unbending pride [...] Hot tears again surged to her eyes[.] She turned quickly within, and ran as fast as she could up to her rooms. Had she but turned back then, and looked out once more [...] she would have seen [...] a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and his own despair. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love, and as soon as her light footsteps had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade there, where her tiny hand had rested last.


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