What are the differences between the book and the movie (82') The Scarlet Pimpernel?I'm really struggling, this book is not your run of the will European novel. It's hard for me to concentrate...

What are the differences between the book and the movie (82') The Scarlet Pimpernel?

I'm really struggling, this book is not your run of the will European novel. It's hard for me to concentrate while I read this book; not normal for me. I start reading and by the time I finish a sentence I forget who's talking!

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As you can seen from my user name, I really like The Scarlet Pimpernel, and I hate that you're not enjoying the book.  If you saw the movie first, that does make it a little more difficult to concentrate on your reading, but the book does have many merits.

In regards to your question, the key difference between the movie and novel is that the movie is actually based on two of Baroness Orczy's books--The Scarlet Pimpernel (which she wrote first) and Eldorado.  The novel (SP) does not address the situation with the prince (the Dauphin); that adventure is featured in Eldorado. The situation with Armand not obeying Percy's orders and rekindling a past relationship also occurs in Eldorado, and the ending of the film is closer to the ending of Eldorado. Because the filmmakers chose to combine the two novels in the movie, many of the characters overlap, but the main storyline of Percy meeting and falling in love with Christine is the same. In the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel, Christine does discover that Percy is not a fop and that he is indeed the elusive Pimpernel.

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