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The Elusive Pimpernel

Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Book Overview: 

The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy is the 4th book in the classic adventure series about the Scarlet Pimpernel

It is September 1793 and French Agent and chief spy-catcher Chauvelin is determined to get his revenge for the previous humiliations dished out to him at the hands of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .upon her fallen enemy, seen his discomfiture and his humiliation! Very well! Now let him pass out of her life, all the more easily, since the last vision of him would be one of such utter abjection as would even be unworthy of hate.

All these thoughts, feelings and struggles passed through her mind with great rapidity. Her hesitation had lasted less than five seconds: Chauvelin still wore the look of doubting entreaty with which he had first begged permission to take her hand in his. With an impulsive toss of the head, she had turned straight towards him, ready with the phrase with which she meant to dismiss him from her sight now and forever, when suddenly a well-known laugh broke in upon her ear, and a lazy, drawly voice said pleasantly:

"La! I vow the air is fit to poison you! Your Royal Highness, I entreat, let us turn our backs upon these gates of Inferno, where lost souls would feel more at home than doth your humble servant."

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Community Reviews

Baroness Emma Orczy was a British playwright, artist, and novelist. She was born in Hungary and died in 1947. She may be best known today as the author of the novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, to which she went on to write about two dozen sequels. I fondly recall the 1982 made-for-TV production of this most fa...more

This is the weakest of the Pimpernel books I've read, but it's still enjoyable. The villain spends so much time talking in monologues, that very little happens after the first third of the book. He goes on forever, far more than was needed. It really got old. Then, all of a sudden, the big escape...more

This is my second foray into Pimpernel literature. This is actually the third book chronologically. I'm not sure yet how episodic the story works out...this is evidently taking place after the first novel but I didn't feel like I missed out on anything by skipping the second book. It also didn't...more

Not as good as the first one and Marguerite's actions are a bit frustrating, but still highly enjoyable due to the tension of Chauvelin's ultimatum, the vivid rendering of the violent hypocrisy of the time period, and most of all, the beguiling Percy Blakeney. Seriously, he's got to be one of the...more

Any scene with Marguerite and Percy Blakeney in it is bound to be A+. Any scene with The Scarlet Pimpernel and Chauvelin is bound to be A++. And since I Will Repay introduced a whole new cast of characters, it was so lovely to get back to the original ones again and watch The Scarlet Pimpernel run rin...more

Like so many of the Pimpernel stories, this one has a good story at its heart. The ever-hopeful Chauvelin (seriously under pressure from Robespierre and his goons, given his past failures) comes up with yet another scheme to lure his arch-enemy to French shores with the intent of capturing the Sc...more

Whew! That was fun and very riveting. I even groaned throughout with uncertainty (#hardlyeverhappens)!

A little less foolishness with the romantic relationship, and a very quick moving engaging plot – I was especially engaged with the mood and atmosphere and a real sense of place and t...more

Percy might be my favorite person in the world. He is so funny and amazing and awesome at everything he does. Marguerite always makes me concerned that he won't do it. I actually thought this time it might be the end of the Scarlet Pimpernel. I am so weak minded. I should have had faith in him.

I really, really, really loved this book! Why?

1). It has a very fast pace. By chapter 4, the events are already building to the climax.

2). I happen to really love Marguerite as a character as most of this book is once again told in her POV.

3). It is absolutely hilarious! Most of the Scarlet Pi...more

Still a really good read. Action, adventure and romance. Loved it.

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