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The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Book Overview: 

The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel is a sequel book to the classic adventure tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel. The book consists of eleven short stories about Sir Percy Blakeney’s exploits in rescuing various aristos and French citizens from the clutches of the guillotine. The stories are set in 1793 but appear in no particular order. They occasionally refer to events in other books in the series.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Soon the slender figure was swallowed up in the gloom as he strode back rapidly towards the city.

XII

Citizen Fouquier-Tinville had returned home from the Palais at a very late hour that same evening. His household in his simple lodgings in the Place Dauphine was already abed: his wife and the twins were asleep. He himself had sat down for a moment in the living-room, in dressing-gown and slippers, and with the late edition of the Moniteur in his hand, too tired to read.

It was half-past ten when there came a ring at the front door bell. Fouquier-Tinville, half expecting citizen Chauvelin to pay him a final visit, shuffled to the door and opened it.

A visitor, tall, well-dressed, exceedingly polite and urbane, requested a few minutes' conversation with citizen Fouquier-Tinville.

Before the Public Prosecutor had made up his mind whether to introduce such a late-comer into his rooms, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The League of The Scarlet Pimpernel is/was a great book. There's no denying it that. It's a fantastic collection of short stories that leave me baffled in much the same way as Sherlock Holmes, not to mention that it has the same "air" to it, insane enemies, daring escapes, just about everything t...more

The Scarlet Pimpernel is both a flower of five crimson petals and an English Lord named Percy Blakeney, who uses that code name in France to smuggle aristocrats and their families away to safety from the French Revolution and the guillotine, into England. The first novel The Scarlet Pimpernel is...more

A choice collection of eleven tales relating the daring exploits of Sir Percy Blakeney (aka the Scarlet Pimpernel) and his friends in Revolutionary France at the height of the Terror ... devilish good fun ...more

An enjoyable collection of short stories about the Scarlet Pimpernel. Pluses: the stories are fun and don't get into too much angst ("Percy is captive and must become a Christlike sacrifice for his wife/friend/friend's wife!") or meditations on the frailty of ladies. Negatives: Very little Margue...more

Overall, this was an interesting compilation of stories about the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a band of Englishmen who rescued aristocrats and other unfortunate souls who were destined for the guillotine during the French Revolution.

I really enjoyed reading this book as I started, but about...more

*sighs, shovels yet another book on the RTC pile *

This book takes place during the Reign of Terror in France. While the Committee of Public Safty is working to guillotine supporters of the aristocracy, the Scarlet Pimpernel and his associates are working even harder to save them and spirit them out of France to safety in England. Although the bo...more

It took me a lot longer to work through this one than it did the other ones. Mainly, I think, because I ran out of Librevox recordings done by Karen Savage (who is excellent) and the readers on this Librevox recording weren't all that great. It was done by several readers, and I just couldn't sta...more

A collection of short stories, the only reason this book doesn't get my usual adoring five stars is it got kind of...predictable. While the costumes are truly genius and clever, it was always Percy. Eventually I grew somewhat bored. Every now and then a story would pop that would save it from t...more

A series of short stories about the exploits of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Entertaining, but much the same as the others. My favorite was one told from the perspective of a third party. Orczy did a good job of making the stories build on each other. You learn an identity in one story, and that knowle...more

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