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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Baroness Emmuska Orczy, who was an aspiring artist who tried music and art before finding the medium of letters. After reading novels about the French Revolution, she wondered that she, herself an...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2013 3:49 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Madame la Guillotine is the name Parisians fondly christen the guillotine, an apparatus used to behead the aristocratic enemies of the French revolution. It is a macabre nickname, but the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2015 10:50 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

An example of irony in The Scarlet Pimpernel is that Marguerite confides in her husband that her brother is in trouble for being accused of assisting the mysterious Pimpernel, and he turns out to...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013 8:29 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Sir Percy Blakeney is compared to an eagle because he exhibits the traits of high intelligence, keen perceptiveness, and strength. Chauvelin is likened to a fox since he is sly and cunning and he...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2017 3:06 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The mood--what the author makes you as the reader feel--is primarily one of suspense. Orczy superbly creates an entangled plot which causes her readers to wonder if Marguerite will ever know her...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010 6:19 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The main conflict in the book is the struggle, both to keep the young son of Louis XVI alive and smuggle him to England where he will be safe from the French Revolutionaries. Although it involves...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2008 12:18 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Baroness Orczy highlights the differing values of both cultures. We can see this in the interaction between Sir Andrew, Lord Antony, and the Comtesse de Tournay. After being rescued from the...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 10:25 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Armand St. Just is the younger brother of Marguerite St. Just (Lady Blackeney), a famous actress. Their parents died when they were young. They are very close siblings. While in Paris, Marguerite...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018 1:13 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The irony in Bibot expecting to catch the Scarlet Pimpernel is simply that the Scarlet pimpernel then escapes right in front of him! Bibot reflects on the fact that no other guard has been able to...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2014 5:35 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The 1982 TV movie The Scarlet Pimpernel is not an exact adaptation of the original novel. Firstly, the Dauphin was not involved in the original novel at all. His rescue was an element of one of the...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019 12:21 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Marguerite discovers that her husband is, in fact, the Scarlet Pimpernel completely by accident. One morning, Marguerite is expecting a visit from her dear school friend: little Suzanne de Tournay....

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019 3:31 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Throughout The Scarlet Pimpernel, Orczy draws a strong contrast between the orderly world of the English and the chaotic atmosphere of revolutionary France. She does this with both the Fisherman's...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2020 4:16 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The climax occurs when Percy tricks the Chauvelin into taking snuff that is really pepper. From that time he has the upper hand. This occurs in chapter 25. TheChauvelin is the French envoy to...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013 8:55 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The French Revolution is reaching its bloody apex, and Marguerite St. Just, or Lady Blakeney, has fallen into the grip of a French spy named Chauvelin. He has demanded that she help him find out...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019 10:29 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Percy, who is the Scarlet Pimpernel in disguise, is the main protagonist of the story. He raids the various barricades in France so as to save different aristocrats from being killed. It is for...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2018 6:21 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The main character of the swashbuckling adventure novel written by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, the Scarlet Pimpernel is a flamboyant heroic character who is sympathetic to the French aristocracy during...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016 3:28 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

In Chapter 6, "An Exquisite of '92," from The Scarlet Pimpernel, Marguerite becomes increasingly dismayed about her brother's return to France. She has so enjoyed his visit to her home in England,...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018 8:27 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Both Sir Percy Blakeney and Lady Marguerite Blakeney would make excellent subjects for a character analysis. A character analysis of Sir Percy must not neglect his deliberate dual personality. The...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2021 1:13 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Marguerite, Lady Blakeney, is indeed the character most changed by the events of the plot. Her status as the book's protagonist is further enhanced by the fact that she's the primary agent in...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2018 10:02 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Disguises are used in both a literal and symbolic sense throughout The Scarlet Pimpernel. By and large, disguise is used extensively by Sir Percy in order to do his work as the Scarlet Pimpernel....

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 12:55 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Sir Percy Blakeney is described as having most of the advantages that nature and society can bestow. He is tall, handsome, wealthy, good-natured, popular, and always immaculately dressed. The one...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021 7:19 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Citizen Chauvelin is the villain of Baroness Emmuska Orczy's play and novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel. He is the enemy of Sir Percy Blakeney and the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel. He is a member of...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016 8:29 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The name of Lord Blakeney's yacht is the Day Dream. The first mention of the yacht is in Chapter Three, when Mr. Jellyband informs Lord Anthony that Lady Blakeney's brother, Armand St. Just, will...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016 3:03 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy is a romantic adventure set in the turbulent times of the French Revolution. The main character, an Englishman, Sir Percy Blakeney, is a wealthy and...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2015 9:17 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The official slogan of the national convention that opened on September 21, 1792, was "Liberte—Egalite—Fraternite." The story tells us that the guillotine played its part in fulfilling this goal of...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2018 2:09 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy is set during the French Revolution. During this time, of course, the people were bloodthirsty for the heads of aristocrats and were desperate to punish...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2014 12:25 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

This exciting books is filled with conflicts between characters and caused by tense situations. The most obvious one that I can think of is the conflict that exists between Marguerite and the...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 1:18 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

In Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel, the historical backdrop of the French Revolution affects everything about each character's life, especially the lives of the novel's main characters—Lord...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016 1:01 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

In chapter VI of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Percy Blakeney is first described in detail. While he is a tall, and very good-looking man, his personal characteristics and his behavior encourage...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021 1:02 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Mr. Pitt is only referred to in the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel. He is not a character that is physically present in the story. "Mr. Pitt" in the novel is a reference to William Pitt "The Younger,"...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 8:19 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

In The Scarlet Pimpernel, agent of the French Republic Chauvelin thinks that he has the Scarlet Pimpernel cornered for good. The Scarlet Pimpernel has been helping noble French families escape the...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021 2:27 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

A story's action rises as its conflicts begin to play out and a tension develops that steadily increases as the plot reaches toward it climax. In The Scarlet Pimpernel, the action rises as the...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2021 12:10 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The two most common types of irony are situational irony and dramatic irony. In situational irony, both the character/characters and audience are unaware of the true situation: the outcome of...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2015 4:56 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Sarcasm is employed in the narration of Chapter I with the discussion of the attempted escape from France by the aristocrats. [Examples are italicized.] The author, Baronness Emmuska Orczy, an...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2016 9:04 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Sir Percy is divided into three personas for most of the novel: his true self, the heroic Scarlet Pimpernel, and the foppish Sir Percy who promenades around English society. As the Pimpernel, he...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 1:52 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Man v. man is the primary conflict in Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel. While Percy does struggle with his decision to marry Christine and thinking that she is malevolent enough to send...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2010 8:00 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Lady Blakeney is so desperate for the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel to become uncovered because her brother's life depends on it. Earlier on in the novel, Chauvelin managed to obtain a letter...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2013 5:25 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

This adventure/spy/romance story is set during the French Revolution as a notorious Englishman has taken upon himself the rescue of French aristocrats, whom he smuggles into England. Many of these...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2014 7:04 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

He was a member of the English aristocracy, and after the French Revolution of 1789, which overthrew the French aristocracy, he saw the imprisonment and execution of hundreds of members of the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016 12:31 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

First introduced in Chapter Three of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Andrew Ffloulkes is a friend of Sir Anthony, a popular guest at the inn owned by Mr. Jellyband that is the setting of the opening...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012 6:21 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

I think that this book is largely an adventure story. But it is meant to have at least some deeper meaning. One of the themes of the book is that of loyalty. It is telling us that loyalty is...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010 1:55 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The De Tournays are presented as haughtier than their English counterparts. When they arrive from France, having been spared execution at the hands of the revolutionaries thanks to the Scarlet...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 1:13 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

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...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2013 5:30 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

You are in luck! Enotes has a chapter by chapter summary of The Scarlet Pimpernel. To find the chapter summaries, you go to the page for the book. You can find it by searching in the search bar...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013 8:35 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

As chapter 4 of The Scarlet Pimpernel begins, Sir Andrew Ffoulkes has just arrived at a British inn, having escorted the wife and two children of a French aristocrat, the Comte de Tournay, to...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 2:13 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

1792 is an appropriate year for the beginning of Baroness Emmuska Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel because on September 21, 1792, the Legislative Assembly voted to abolish the monarchy of the Bourbon...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2015 1:24 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The title "The Refugees" is appropriate because chapter 3 tells a specific example of the Scarlet Pimpernel’s band and their actions to smuggle French aristocrats out of France during the French...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2020 7:05 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

To clarify, Bibot does not appear in chapters 2–4. He is only mentioned in chapter 1, and therefore my answer will only focus on chapter 1. The Scarlet Pimpernel is a novel written by Baroness...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020 11:44 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The category of the conflict would fit best with man vs. man. Although Percy is fighting the revolutionary government of France, he does not intend to change their form of government. He simply...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2008 3:21 am UTC

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Some things that might make you happy: The Scarlet Pimpernell is a clever master of disguise who manages to rescue members of the French aristocracy from the guillotine by smuggling them into...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2015 7:37 pm UTC

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