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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.


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

I enjoyed some of the short stories in this book, while others got a little…predictable. In such brief tales, it’s far too easy to see which person is actually the Scarlet Pimpernel, especially after he’s pulled the same stunt in three or four stories in a row. I guess short stories just don’t deliv

4 stars & 4/10 hearts. It is hard to review these stories because I find they begin to blur together as I read more. They’re a bit sad and violent, but exciting and romantic and gripping, with forceful, descriptive writing. 

The host of characters crossing the pages is quite interesting. Some are pit

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 that

My wish has been answered - this book contains short Scarlet Pimpernel stories which show the workings of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and a few examples of successful rescue missions. Some are more entertaining than others, but altogether they are fine. Very typical of Orczy's style, to the

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 con

Such a fun little series of shorts! I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but when I already have some knowledge of the characters and I can just enjoy them instead of struggling to keep up with the events that are always happening so quickly, I do like them. And that's what this was. It was our d

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

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 stand

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 thre

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 knowledge

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