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El Dorado

Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Book Overview: 

El Dorado, by Baroness Orczy is a sequel book to the classic adventure tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel. The novel is notable in that it is the partial basis for most of the film treatments of the original book.

It is 1794 and Paris, "despite the horrors that had stained her walls - has remained a city of pleasure, and the knife of the guillotine did scarce descend more often than did the drop-scenes on the stage."

The plot begins when Sir Percy, the Scarlet Pimpernel, reluctantly agrees to take Armand St. Just, brother of his wife, Marguerite, with him to France as part of a plan to rescue the young Dauphin.

Percy warns Armand not to renew any friendships while in Paris, but it doesn't take long before Armand has ignored his warnings and renewed a friendship with the scheming Baron de Batz (in the pay of the Austrian government), who wants to free the Dauphin himself and despises the Scarlet Pimpernel and all he represents. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .f another tear came like a dewdrop rolling down her cheek he must kiss it away at its very source. Passion was not sweeping them off their feet—not yet, for they were very young, and life had not as yet presented to them its most unsolvable problem.

But they yielded to one another, to the springtime of their life, calling for Love, which would come presently hand in hand with his grim attendant, Sorrow.

Even as Armand's glowing face was at last lifted up to hers asking with mute lips for that first kiss which she already was prepared to give, there came the loud noise of men's heavy footsteps tramping up the old oak stairs, then some shouting, a woman's cry, and the next moment Madame Belhomme, trembling, wide-eyed, and in obvious terror, came rushing into the room.

"Jeanne! Jeanne! My child! It is awful! It is awful! Mon Dieu—mon Dieu! What is to become of us?"

She was moaning and lamenting even as she ran in, and. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Probably my favorite of the three Scarlet Pimpernel books I've read, simply because we get to see more of the inner workings of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and also several chapters center around a young, kind (but too impulsive) member of the league.

Set during the French Revolution, the Scarlet Pimpe...more

Hey! Ive read the #1 oldest book on my tbr!! I got a copy a couple years ago but have just now picked it up.

Its probably more of a four-star read, but Im tagging on an extra star for being completely unable to put it down and skipping sleep last night to read most of it. The first few chapters a...more

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive into another adventure with Sir and Lady Blakeney! Dont ask me what a Spanish sounding title has to do with a story of the French Revolution. I havent figured it out yet. Anyway, here is the review.

Only one thing matters more to Sir Percy Blakeney than h...more

The start was rather slow, and yes Armand is an incredibly annoying and immature main character. It's hard to resist the urge to throttle him. But the second half of the story more than makes up for this. It's a great adventure story that I'm sure I will return to again.

So. This book. Hmm. I could have, would have, should have liked it better. I'm quite disappointed in myself for not. Perhaps if I had just blazed through it in two days like I did with The Scarlet Pimpernel I would have enjoyed it more. As it is, it took me the better part of 3 weeks to read. I'm...more

I LOVED THIS BOOK. Seriously, the Scarlet Pimpernel is the best. I like his humor and the dashing ways he saves people, even when it looks like all hope's lost, but in this book, he was different. A little more human and less superhero at times, and that gave him even more of an edge. There was m...more

That was a nail biting and engaging read!

Theres still a lot of hooey about true love be defined as worshiping someone in a weird and unbelievable way passing off ordinary humans and finite human love into something as divine as God himself. Armands relationship is particularly excruciating and...more

This book could be either one or five stars, but it made me laugh so much that I went for a fiver here.
(Also, no anti-semitism OR racism here! Yay!)

Let's just say, this book is ridiculous. It shouldn't surprise anyone who has read the first book, which I enjoyed so much that a friend of mine gav...more

Baroness Emmuska Orczy could probably have written this entire story using a quarter of the words. She likes long, descriptive pasages where sinews nearly break with passion. El Dorado was a good story, maybe even one of the better ones, but not totally my favorite. It was nice having some more o...more

I loved this book just as much as the first one! The beginning is a little slower, and Armond drove me nuts. While I could see why he got everyone into so much trouble, it also earned a lot of forehead slapping because it was so obviously the wrong choice. Once the POV mostly switched over to Mar...more

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