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by Baroness Orczy

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The Scarlet Pimpernel is an adventure novel set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution and is a forerunner of such "disguised superhero" tales such as Zorro and Batman. It was based on a play which was initially unsuccessful, but, after some re-writing, became immensely successful in London at the start of the twentieth century. The


The Scarlet Pimpernel is an adventure novel set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution and is a forerunner of such "disguised superhero" tales such as Zorro and Batman. It was based on a play which was initially unsuccessful, but, after some re-writing, became immensely successful in London at the start of the twentieth century. The novel, published soon after the play's opening, was an immediate success. Orczy gained a following of readers in Britain and throughout the world. The popularity of the novel encouraged her to write a number of sequels for her "reckless daredevil" over the next 35 years. The play was performed to great acclaim in France, Italy, Germany and Spain, while the novel was translated into 16 languages. Subsequently, the story has been adapted for television, film, a musical and other media.
The international success of The Scarlet Pimpernel allowed Orczy and her husband to live out their lives in luxury. Over the years, they lived on an estate in Kent, a bustling London home and an opulent villa in Monte Carlo. Orczy wrote in her autobiography, Links in the Chain of Life:
I have so often been asked the question: "But how did you come to think of The Scarlet Pimpernel?" And my answer has always been: "It was God's will that I should." And to you moderns, who perhaps do not believe as I do, I will say, "In the chain of my life, there were so many links, all of which tended towards bringing me to the fulfillment of my destiny."

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Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála "Emmuska" Orczy de Orczi (1865 – 1947) was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian noble origin. She is most known for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel. Some of her paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

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The Scarlet Pimpernel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 330 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was definitely one of my favorite books in the entire world. It was so amazing...the Scarlet Pimpernel is one of the greatest characters in literature. He's extremely clever and just all around amazing. The book was totally captivating- a mixture of action, suspense, and romance. Orczy touches into the horrible events of the French Revolution in a great story. It deserves nothing less than five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scarlet Pimpernel was an outstanding book. It was a thriller that left me wanting to read more. It had all of the key components to an excellent book in my opinion: a romance, a big twist, and a thrilling ending. The way the author was able to create ways in which the Scarlet Pimpernel infiltrated France and was able to escape dumbfounded me. What was even more shocking to me is how submissive the other 19 of the League were to him. it truly shows an intense battle of good over evil. The Scarlet Pimpernel is an excellent book for people of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book, and I was very impressed. When I first started it, I thought it would have the usual classic novel stereotypes: hard to understand English and a plot that seems boring (to teens anyways..). I was definitely wrong! To me, this was one of those can't-put-down-until-I-finish books. The identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel is revealed at the end, but you pick up on subtle hints of who it is throughout the book (the surprise at the end is finding out if your suspicions are true). As a teen, I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently had to read this book for summer reading, and it was great. I assumed that it would be boring because it was a very old book. I found that the book was interesting throughout and I couldn't put it down. The Scarlet Pimpernel is a surprising book that keeps you guessing until you're done reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and thought it would turn out very boring.But after you kind of get passed some of the beginning it is awesome. I loved how the book just kind of flowed. It was pretty easy to picture the characters!! You truly don't know where or who the Scarlet Pimpernel is!!! If you're reading this than get the BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scarlet Pimpernel is an amazing book. It has so many qualities that make an intriquing story, i.e. adventure, mystery and romance. Now let me give you fair warning, this extrodinary novel does begin rather slow. However, if you give it a chance, you won't be sorry. It transforms into a major page-turner and you find yourself engrossed in the story. I would reccomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I think I have it almost all the way memorized. It is veddy veddy good. I give it 5,412 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walks in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an AMAZING book! One of my favorites and anyone who writes bad things about it read it backwards or upside-down! I wish I could give it 100,000,000....... stars! The movie is good too so buy this AND watch the movie!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I've been reading the whole series and I recommend this book to everyone. It's my absolute favorite, y'all! You wanna read a good book? I'd recommend this one definitely. The Scarlet Pimpernel rocks!
mcms More than 1 year ago
this is one of the classics on my "must read list". even though you "know", it is still romantic and interesting.
jazzybadger21 More than 1 year ago
A delightful adventure tale of one man taking on the blood-thirsty mass-mob of the French Revolution. A concise and highly readable thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the most part this book was good. There were a couple of things i didnt like about it. One was the dialogue. Sometimes it would be hard to follow, especially when the characters had a thick accent. I also did not like how the Pimpernel's identity was revealed in the introduction. Although I did'nt like some parts, others were very interesting. One of these parts was when Lady Blakeley goes on a search for her husband, the Scarlet Pimpernel. She and Sir Andrew watched patiantly as Percy tricked Chauvelin twice in less than an hour. I found this part particularly funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This entreeging, romantic, and suspenseful tale that should be read by people my age agin and again. Orczy did a fantastic job. She made it to be about how good always triuphs over evil. In my opinion, i think the star of this book is none other than Margarrite. It's a wonderful book. Trust me. I know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scarlet Pimpernel is a well written and interesting book. It is full of suspence romance and mystery. The book has rich vocabulary and one of the most interesting story lines I have ever read. It is truly gripping novel and makes the reader feal as if they are there. Not only is it capturing but it also makes you use your head by trying to figure out the great mystery of `who is the scarlet pimpernel?¿. Overall It was a great read and classic. I recommend it to all readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scarlet Pimpernel kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. I could not put the book down! If it had not been for my parents, I would have read the entire book in one sitting! The Baroness writes exquistly well. I cannot wait to get a hold of more fantastic books from her!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book I have had to read for school, I am now reading the rest of the series. Eloquently written, with a fantastic mix of humor, adventure, irony, and romance. The characters are as real as you and me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Yes, it did reveal the Scarlet Pimpernel's identity a little early, but the book contained an exciting plot. I also found the characters of Chauvelin and Sir Percy quite fascinating. The ingenuity of these characters make each of the sequels also a must-read. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for some adventure and romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a required read when I was in high school. I loved it so much I would read ahead everynight--and then get in trouble with my teacher the next day...but I didn't care--it's amazing. I recommend this book to everyone!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scarlet Pimpernel has something for everyone...mystery, romance, history. No book has ever been more difficult to put down. There are so many unexpected plots and so much passion. Everyone should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted something simple to read and I came over the Scarlet Pimpernel. Even the first page caught me eyes. It was amazingly written with an ardent array of mystery, romance, and suspense. It was everything that you expect from a book! I recommend this book to anyone who's looking for something memorable (not to mention excellent) to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rocks!! It has so many qualities that make a good book; mystery, romance, memorable characters, etc.etc.etc. Make sure if you read it, don't give up right away, because the first few chapters are rather slow. However, when you get into the book it because a major page-turner. If you don't love this book you're crazy. Baroness Orczy uses great language. I'd reccomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A French Government agent is hired to find the identity of a daring and elusive Englishman. The Scarlet Pimpernel tells of his attempts to discover him, and get him eliminated. Baroness Orczy cleverly tells of how he employs all sorts of methods to discover the character, while the reader is dumbfounded as well. The book starts out in France during the French Revolution. The leaders of the Revolution are outraged, since an Englishman is entering Paris and rescuing the aristocrats. No one, save the members of the league of the Scarlet Pimpernel know the true identity of the daring and elusive man. It is not until of the wife of Sir Percy Blakeney realizes the true identity, that the identity is revealed. She gets a tip that the agent will capture him, and races all over France and England to warn him. I really liked the book. It was full of action, and excitement. The plot was brilliantly laid out, so that the reader does not find out the personality of the Scarlet Pimpernel, until Lady Blakeney does. There are hints dropped throughout the book, but they are not fully understood until the character is revealed. The characters were very well laid out. They were believable; they did not seem overly unrealistic. In some books, the main characters are not quite believable. These were just normal characters looking for a little bit of fun. I really enjoyed the writing. It was interesting; there was a good balance between setting the scene, developing characters, and laying the plot. It was balanced very well in that sense. It was not too hard of reading, so that you have to have a PhD to understand it, but it is not so easy that it is boring. I think that this was a really good book, and I would definitely recommend it to people looking for some good reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Plow through the first two chapters of this book and you'll be hooked after that. I literally could not bring myself to put it down. I found myself feeling like I'd known Marguerite all my life, and at times I WAS Marguerite. This book has a fantastic twist, too. It's no wonder this book is considered an all-time classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this for a class that combines English and World History while studying the French Revolution and it's so fun reading a novel that you can connect with what you're learning and also talk about among classmates! FIRST 10 chapters: started off a little boring, but now that I think about it, if I were writing the book I probably wouldn't have thought of beginning it any better way. The depiction of characters is so intense and specific you start to LITERALLY fall in love with the characters. During the last chapter I started loving the book because the plot is so intriguing and there was already just so much to talk about. NEXT 10 CHAPTERS: Not as favorable, but still worth reading. The beginning actually a bit tedious to read-- if you're not big on romance. The culprit/hero (what is he really? you need to think on both points of view of the Revolution) is revealed toward the end of this section. Last 11 chapters: SO GOOD! You just really start to wonder a lot of things-- OVERALL: the book was GREAT. It just feels so good to feel strongly toward the characters; you either love them or hate them or start too love them and grow to hate them. Orczy used all 3 types of irony in the novel which makes it OH SO intriguing and you're just so frustrated all the time (WHICH IS A GOOD THING)! Read THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL by Baroness Orczy NOW.