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Does Brogard think that the Aristocrats deserves the guillotine in The Scarlet...

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candyrainbow | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:48 PM via web

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Does Brogard think that the Aristocrats deserves the guillotine in The Scarlet Pimpernel?

I was wrote an essay for my English class, but my teacher read through it and commented 'Does he really?" above the part I said that Brogard believes that the aristocrats deserves the guillotine. I thought Brogard despised the aristocrats so it came to me naturally that Brogard should think that the aristocrats should be punished.. So does he??

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM (Answer #1)

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Brogard demonstrates indifference about the aristocrats and feels he should mind his own business.

Brogard is the innkepper at Chat Gris inn in Calais.  He appears near the end of the book when Chauvelin confronts Percy.

Brogard is above all things cautious.  He seems to think that a “free citizen” should be careful.  At this time in France everyone is careful.  Spies could be everywhere.

[Brogard] had taken no further notice of his guests; he concluded that presently they would order supper, and in the meanwhile it was not for a free citizen to show deference, or even courtesy, to anyone, however smartly they might be dressed. (ch 22)

Brogard is not just cautious or a fool.  He just figures it is best to stay out of situations that could cause trouble.

Inside the inn, everything was still. Brogard and his wife, terrified of Chauvelin, had given no sign of life; they hoped to be forgotten, and at any rate to remain unperceived… (ch 27)

So while Brogard is grumpy, there is not really any evidence to support strong opinions.  He tends to stay in the background, lurking around and only coming out when there is money to be made from something.

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