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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

Fun. But not as fun as the original.

The first book in the series felt a bit more genuine because Lady Blakeney was unaware of her husband's secret identity, so her fuckups were funny but she didn't come off as an idiot.
This time around, she just came off as a dumbass for the sake of dumbassery.

So, d

Exciting and very much in keeping with the original book.

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 r

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 time.... and of

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 Pimpe

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

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