The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel



Baroness Emmuska Orczy Was A British Novelist, Playwright And Artist Whose Noble Hungarian Origins Afforded Her An Idyllic Childhood And Extensive Education In The Arts At Schools In Brussels, Paris And London In , With The Success Of A Play Written By Orczy And Her Husband Based On One Of Her Short Stories About An English Aristocrat, Orczy Rewrote The Story As A Novel That Drew Huge Sales As A Result, The Scarlet Pimpernel Cemented Orczy S Name In The Literary World, And Led To Over A Dozen Sequels And Countless Television, Film And Musical Reproductions One Such Sequel Is The League Of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Which Was Published In And Consists Of Eleven Short Stories About Sir Percy Blakeney And His Exploits During The French Revolution The Stories Are Set In But Are Set In No Particular OrderThe League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

Full name Emma Emmuska Magdolna Roz lia M ria Jozefa Borb la Orczy de Orczi was a Hungarian British novelist, best remembered as the author of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL 1905 Baroness Orczy s sequels to the novel were less successful She was also an artist, and her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy, London Her first venture into fiction was with crime stories Among her most popular characters was The Old Man in the Corner, who was featured in a series of twelve British movies from 1924, starring Rolf Leslie.Baroness Emmuska Orczy was born in Tarna rs, Hungary, as the only daughter of Baron Felix Orczy, a noted composer and conductor, and his wife Emma Her father was a friend of such composers as Wagner, Liszt, and Gounod Orczy moved with her parents from Budapest to Brussels and then to London, learning to speak English at the age of fifteen She was educated in convent schools in Brussels and Paris In London she studied at the West London School of Art Orczy married in 1894 Montague Barstow, whom she had met while studying at the Heatherby School of Art Together they started to produce book and magazine illustrations and published an edition of Hungarian folktales.Orczy s first detective stories appeared in magazines As a writer she became famous in 1903 with the stage version of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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  • Paperback
  • 130 pages
  • The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Emmuska Orczy
  • English
  • 11 July 2017
  • 1420943073

10 thoughts on “The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

  1. says:

    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 considered a classic of page, stage and screen, even though originally, the play and book were produced by the Hungarian Baroness Orczy and her British husband Publishers wouldn t publish the book 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 considered a classic of page, stage and screen, even though originally, the play and book were produced by the Hungarian Baroness Orczy and her British husband Publishers wouldn t publish the book the critics hated it, yet the public loved both the play and the book The charming, crafty Pimpernel outwitting the the bloodthirsty principals of the Revolution was high entertainment So, the Scarlet Pimpernel series of books and movies began.In this variant, instead of being independent and singlehandedly getting families and people out of France, the Scarlet Pimpernel has a league of English gentlemen he works with The Scarlet Pimpernel is the head of the league, reporting to the Prince of Wales He stays in France, switching between his many disguises and hideouts, finding aristos in need of export The league works with him, helping fool the Committee for Safety in ingenious ways and smuggling people out of France.These books are a series of vignettes where the Scarlet Pimpernel goes against Chauvelin, the head of the Committee for Safety which controls the guards, the spies, the jails, the Surete and the guillotine Years have passed since the Revolution and the riots, but the guillotine is still active full time The Pimpernel is a now almosta legend than a man to the Committee of Paris The Pimpernel has made fools of them, and yet he is like a ghost making aristos disappear from prison, guarded rooms and from ambushes He can t be human, yet it keeps happening To Chauvelin, he is public enemy number one.In these eleven short stories, the Pimpernel is a combination of Sherlock Holmes, William Windham his real life counterpart , John Steed and Michael Westin without weapons A master of disguise, strategy, tactics and human nature, he can bluff, confuse, misdirect and mislead the hordes of officials who are feverishly dreaming about his capture.Each story is different and highly entertaining Good for a quick, fun read The older grammar and vocabulary is charming I ve never heard of a dirty old man described as indign in my life, but it happens here AmazingJust so you know, the Scarlet Pimpernel theme We seek him here, We seek him there Chauvelin seeks him everywhere Is he in Heaven Is he in H ll That demned, elusive PimpernelHighly Recommended for Historical and Holmes fans

  2. says:

    sighs, shovels yet another book on the RTC pile

  3. says:

    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 some of them This book is actually a collection of fairly long short stories about the Scarlet Pimpernel They are all pretty much him easily out smarting Chauvelin They are just fun stories that re 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 some of them This book is actually a collection of fairly long short stories about the Scarlet Pimpernel They are all pretty much him easily out smarting Chauvelin They are just fun stories that really give a sense of what the Scarlet Pimpernel s day to day adventures in between his really big, hair raising escapades that are in the other books Because of that, these books haveof the rest of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, especially Andrew Fawkes, and Marguerite isn t in it besides a few references to her I loved the dynamic between Fawkes and Sir Percy In the other books, they aren t together much, and it is sometimes hard to see the closeness of their friendship It comes out really clearly in these short stories how much Fawkes is his right hand man My favorite of these short stories was The Scarecrow Absolutely hilarious at one point

  4. says:

    A collection of short stories, the only reason this book doesn t get my usual adoring five stars is it got kind ofpredictable While the costumes are truly genius and clever, it wasalwaysPercy Eventually I grew somewhat bored Every now and then a story would pop that would save it from three stars, and I would certainly reccomend it to Scarlet Pimpernel fans, but I wouldn t call it the best work of Orczy.

  5. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 could make a 93 year old book entertaining.The main character, whom the book is named after, is an alias assumed by Sir Percy Blakeney, a wealthy English gentleman, who seems to have a soft spot for 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 could make a 93 year old book entertaining.The main character, whom the book is named after, is an alias assumed by Sir Percy Blakeney, a wealthy English gentleman, who seems to have a soft spot for interfering in the affairs of the insane French Revolutionaries All of the stories included involve Sir Percy and his daring and fearless League rescuing various Aristocrats or enemies of the Republic from the clutches of the Committee of Public Safety, who are MUCHmenacing than the name leads on Summary There are spoilers below please be wary of the view spoiler buttons.I Sir Percy Explains The first story of the eleven contained in this book, is Sir Percy Explains, which is ironic, because Sir Percy really doesn t do a whole lot of explaining Madeleine Lannoy, who is labeled as an aristo by the Committee, is driven to becoming a street dancer in the worst neighborhoods of Paris after her only son is captured by the diabolical Jean Paul Marat, for daring to turn a deaf ear to the indign passion of a brute 23 In modern English, Mrs Lannoy rejected Marat, and he took revenge by kidnapping her son for him to live in the company of all that is most vile and most degraded in the disease haunted slums of indigent Paris 22view spoiler As she is performing, she asks for money The crowd, for no apparent reason, begins to assault her, and after a brief altercation, it stops Dazed, confused, and semi conscious, she was then carried off When she awakens, she is greeted by a tall man, who listens to her pitiful narrative, and then offers to assist her.The story then turns to the house of Simmonne Evrard, who is Marat s friend and house keeper andspecifically to Paul Mole, a man whom the cook had literally picked one day out of the gutter 35 Paul was employed by the household, for his knowledge of herbs and medicine, as well as his ability to prepare the hot baths which eased the pain of Marat, who suffered from a dreadful skin disease Seven days into his employment with Marat, Paul is asked to run an errand for his ill boss to the Chemin de Pantin, a children s home, where he will have to go very circumspectly 39 to see a brat and report to Marat on his condition 40 Marat suggests that it is best to do this in the night and dismisses Mole with a few pety errands Paul spends the remainder of the day in the town, completing the errands and generally biding his time.When he returned to the house, a large crowd had gathered, whispering of the assassination of Marat It was whispered that he had been killed, in his bath of all places, and by a young girl of all people Upon Marat s finger was a ring, that Marat himself has said to be not worth stealing Something about it caught his eye, and seeing no one looking, Paul takes the ring from Marat s cold, dead hand A random bystander accuses Mole of stealing from the dead, and after a vigorous search and paper checking, Mole is found to be in order Chauvelin, a member of the evil Committee of Public Safety, returns the papers to Mole, and is dumbfounded by a gaze at the face of Mole, who seems to remind him of someone a certain English spy Chauvelin orders his guard to arrest Mole and escort him to the prison, where Mole, is given his own private cell, complete with a 24 hour armed guard.Marat s former cook and maid of all work pays Chauvelin a visit to inform him about Marat s adopted child She tells him all she knows about the child, such as the child s care takers , the Leridans With the story of the stolen child pieced together in his mind, Chauvelin heads out to talk to the cowardly couple The power of the Committee made Chauvelin a feared man, and the Leridans vowed that no one would see the child except the fiend himself as long as they would not be harmed Chauvelin promised an armed guard of a dozen men around the house and left, with the Leridans felling quite safe.Chauvelin then convinced the Public Prosecutor that the man in the cell was in fact the Pimpernel with a note containing an English rhyme and a five petaled flower, drawn in scarlet To finish his rounds, the Representative Chauvelin made his way to the prison to check up on Sir Percy, and to get one last look at him In one fleeting glance, Chauvelin didn t see the merry eyes of the Englishman, but bleary fish like ones The man in the cell was not the Scarlet Pimpernel, but he dismissed the look as that of the exhausted and over worked.Satisfied, Chauvelin returns to the Leridans house, where he finds the guards he had ordered The woman Leridan then tells of how the soldiers had arrived three hours before Chauvelin had came to the house, while the soldiers say they arrived about two hours before the Citizen s arrival The woman then let on about how the soldiers had gone to bed inside the house Upon inspection, the rooms were empty, and the child of Madeliene Lannoy was nowhere to be found.The Public Prosecutor heard a ring at the front door, which turned out to be a tall, well dressed gentleman who requested conversation with the Prosecutor Before he even knew what had happened, the visitor had gagged and bound him to a chair, and began to talk He explains that there were two Paul Moles one real and one fake The fake one had befriended Marat and met Chauvelin, the fake one who had borrowed the original s papers, the fake one who had brought the real Paul Mole back to the house of Marat But it was the real one who Chauvelin had arrested and imprisoned.Later, while Chauvelin had left the Leridan s house, the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel had disguised themselves as members of the Surete, using their cover and the Leridans terror to gain entry to the house, where they were given charge of the all important child of Lannoy When the couple went to sleep, the Surete left with the child well before the real soldiers arrivedMy gallant English friends are some way out of Paris by now, escorting Madeliene Lannoy and her child to safety They will return to Paris, but I myself will remain under your very nose, and entirely at your service 179hide spoiler II A Question of Passports Bibot was a patriot if there ever was one He apparently hated aristocrats and the like so much, he was given the most important military post in the city of Paris, Porte Montmartre, which was also the most illegal traffic heavy gate in the city The last guard, Ferney, had let some traitors through the gate unaware of their identities, and was guillotined for his ignorance Not too great of an impression to start your first day with you fail, you die. But that wouldn t scare Bibot No, he feared no devil, nor any Englishman Had the latter the strength of giants and the protection of every power of evil, Bibot was ready for him 187 To further stress the importance of this post, Jean Paul Marat himself gives Bibot his orientation He even warns Bibot that the Scarlet Pimpernel is planning rescue the Duc and Duchesse de Montreux and ten of their closest friends from the Guillotine that night The two men sat in a tavern, opposite the gate of Montmartre, with a bottle of wine between them 195 view spoiler As they finished their business, a group of quite obviously drunken men approached the gate The group s spokesman, identified as citizen Durand, told that they were carriers for Legrand, the market gardener of Barency 205 , who apparently supplies Paris with cabbages and potatoes After much insisting and a few demands, the group finally relinquished their passports for inspection, even though Bibot knew every man in the group Relieved to see Marat still at the tavern, Bibot turns the passports over to Marat for the inspection With everything found to be in order, the men are allowed to pass to pick up their deliveries for the next day.A few minutes later, a man on horseback approaches, stating that six men are wanted by the Committee of Public Safety They are disguised as carriers in the employ of a market gardener, and have passports for Barency The passports are stolen the men are traitors escaped aristocrats and their spokesman is the Scarlet Pimpernel 211 Bibot then proceded to faint hide spoiler III Two Good Patriots This is probably the shortest of the short stories, weighing in at only 19 iBooks pages, and is told from the perspective of Fanny Roussell, a respectable married woman, and as good of a patriot as any of you sitting there 224 225 She and her husband are being sent to the guillotine for being accused of housing and aiding the Scarlet Pimpernel The house in which the couple lived was too far away from the port to attract travellers, so the only time the house was crowded was mid day, when people would stop in on the way to or from port One day, as the husband was putting up the shutters, someone came up to the house and knocked on the door view spoiler It was a soldier, the same that patrols that area He and his men wanted food and rest, but made an odd request for lodgings They desired a place where they could lie hidden, and at the same time keep watch on the road 230 They took an outhouse that was on the property.The one in charge asserts that they are on the watch for the Scaret Pimpernel, who is going to Calais, the port, escorting an aristo , and that they will be the ones to catch him Feeling vaguely suspicious, the husband, Hercule, left the house out the back door, and started the nine mile hike to Calais, where he would alert the guard Just as he left, a group of soldiers challenged him They asked about a group of four soldiers the same ones who were in the outhouse Hercule pointed the way to the outhouse, and after a brief fight, the traitors in the outhouse were subdued The victors returned, and the couple became very suspicious They had a right to be, as they wer bound and gagged until the maid released them the following morning The soldiers in the outhouse were found, bound and gagged, some wounded The couple was arrested later in the day for aiding the Scarlet Pimpernel and his men Ah, revolutionary France hide spoiler IV The Old Scarecrow Nobody in the quartier could quite recollect when it was that the new Public Letter Writer first set up business at the corner of the Rue Dauphine, but he certainly was there when Agnes with a look of dreary despair 244 245 came into the Lepine s office They say, citizen, that you alone in Paris know the whereabouts of the English milor of him who is called the Scarlet Pimpernel 251 I know that you are the intermediary 253 view spoiler Agnes confides that she is in great danger She was of gentle birth, and as such an object of suspicion to the Government of the Republic 255 The two decide that it is best to write a letter to the Pimpernel as quickly as possible Anges then mentions that she recieved a letter from Heriot, a vile member of the Committee, who passionately hates Agnes fiancee, and says that he loves her It then says that Heriot hasthan enough evidence to send Agnes fiancee to the guillotine, and that the only way to let her fiancee go free is to marry Heriot Lepine visits Heriot at his home, and offers to pay him 2,000 francs for the incriminating letters Outraged, Heriot denies that he would accept 200,000 francs for the evidenceAgnes de Lucines will be Heriot s wife within the month, or Arnould Fabrice s head will fall under the guillotine, and you, my interfering friend, Lepine may go to the devil, if you please 274 Lepine promises Heriot that neither of his friends will fall to his scheme, and when Heriot doesn t believe it, Lepine gives him a brief glimpse of the Scarlet Pimpernel, with an immensely powerful I will 277.Sir Percy later meets with his friend Ffoulkes, to discuss another way to get the letters House breaking, you mean Ffoulkes Petty theft, shall we say Sir Percy 283 They would bribe the housekeeper to let them in, take the letters, and leave They gained entry to the rooms without any problems, paying the housekeeper in gold coins Ffoulkes picked open a chest which contained the letters they desired, when Percy heard a concerning noise Three men coming up the stairs They are on the landing now 295 The two burglars quickly replace the contents of the chest, and find a hiding place behind some curtains Heriot brought home a few of his friends that he plays cards and dominoes with, and dismisses himself to write a letter As Percy and Ffoulkes were hiding in the same room as Heriot was writing, this made it extremely easy for them to smother, gag, and bind Heriot in his chair, so no alarm would be raised Percy, imitating Heriot, called for the housekeeper, whom they bound and gagged also.Adapting disguises of Heriot and the housekeeper, Percy and Ffoulkes attempt to stealthily exit the house, but are compromised when one of the men realizes that Heriot is not Heriot After a brief chase, Percy locks the men inside Heriot s apartments, and procedes without a problem down the street with the letters.Agnes later recieves the letters of question, and rushes to thank Lepine, who must ve been involved.But he was nowhere to be found hide spoiler V A Fine Bit of Work The Lenegre family is in a bit of a predicament The son, Pierre, was a footman in the house of Marie Antoinette His crime had been that he remained loyal to her in words as well as in thought 319 The Committee of Public Safety had marked him as a person of interest in other words, he was dead to them He would ve been beheaded, if not for the Pimpernel and his League of valiant gentlemen The father, Pere, is then suspected because of his son s escape from justice.Percy, who visits the house, gave Pere the order to hide in a violin maker s house, where he would be safe As if the stress of hiding Pere wasn t enough, the women of the house, petite maman the mother and Rosette the daughter were horribly worried that Sir Percy himself was in danger view spoiler French guards are dispatched and secure the house, and questioned the women to the breaking point After receiving insistent answers of no, he s not here , the guards turned the little house upside down looking for places that could hide a man, but to no avail.Much later, after a long time in silence, a knock on the door brings Rouget, a harsh member of the Committee of Public Safety He abuses the sergeant in the house, and then commands the sergeant to search the whole building for Pere and Sir Percy Petite maman then made the decision to give up her husband s location in exchange for her and her daughter s safety.She lead the soldiers to the Rue Ste Anne, where they found the wardrobe in which Pere was to be hiding in Just before they opened it, however, the Scarlet Pimpernel made his presence known, which paralyzed the genuine French soldiers in the room Rouget s men then proceeded to bind and gag the real Republicans Rouget tore a wig and mask off, to reveal himself as Sir Percy The Lenegre family would be united in England, safe from the threats of the French Revolution hide spoiler What would be XII Conclusion and yes, I did skip the remainder of the stories THANK YOU MR VAWTER They wouldn t fit in the 20,000 character limit, anyway The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel was a fantastic book collection of short stories, and I m really glad that I decided to read it Throughout the book, there s the constant theme of Good V.S Evil, which almost always boils down to the Scarlet Pimpernel good V.S the government of France evil In the first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, you get the idea, this was the case, albeit in various forms, throughout all of the stories, except the third, where the Pimpernel wasthe villain, and the Roussells as the good side, or at least it was portrayed that way The whole bit about the theme wasn t that surprising to me, as most of the books from this era seem to have that system down, I m looking at you, Holmesand the spy part of the stories seem to be popular in that time, as Holmes did quite a bit of spying in his adventures, too.This was a very good book story collection iBook whatever you want to call it, but for the price of 0.00, this book was excellent A great prelude to the original Scarlet Pimpernel, I thank my English teacher for recommending it, and copyright laws for making this the best free book I ve ever read

  6. says:

    Despite having published a dozen novels based on the exploits of her fanciful Pimpernel character, Orczy still chose to pen a set of short stories on the same theme Whatever charm and entertainment may have brightened her original works certainly had grown stale by the time this collection was written The plots are so patently absurd and the social commentary so one sided as to overwhelm any sense of adventure left in the stories.The wretched excesses, corruption, venality and mindless bruta Despite having published a dozen novels based on the exploits of her fanciful Pimpernel character, Orczy still chose to pen a set of short stories on the same theme Whatever charm and entertainment may have brightened her original works certainly had grown stale by the time this collection was written The plots are so patently absurd and the social commentary so one sided as to overwhelm any sense of adventure left in the stories.The wretched excesses, corruption, venality and mindless brutality of the men who quickly turned the French Revolution into their own blood soaked orgy is well known but I found myself gagging on Orczy s wistful admiration of the old aristocracy whose abuses triggered the whole mess in the first place Pimpernel and his minions have long outstayed their welcome

  7. says:

    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 areentertaining than others, but altogether they are fine Very typical of Orczy s style, to the extent that I got a little bored by the end The plots and twists are all similar Sir Percy always saves the day, by using various disguises which always include one very grimy one and one in which 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 areentertaining than others, but altogether they are fine Very typical of Orczy s style, to the extent that I got a little bored by the end The plots and twists are all similar Sir Percy always saves the day, by using various disguises which always include one very grimy one and one in which he impersonates the authorities to intercept the person he is about to save from imprisonment and death Orczy does play around with different narrators and points of vue, but that doesn t really make much of a difference

  8. says:

    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 is key in the next Made it feellike reading a novel instead of a series of short stories I have to admit that I have grown out of the Scarlet Pimpernel a little bit They were something I lov 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 is key in the next Made it feellike reading a novel instead of a series of short stories I have to admit that I have grown out of the Scarlet Pimpernel a little bit They were something I loved in my tweens, but now it s a bit repetitive However it s taken until now to find some of the novels You know over the years I ve sought him here, I ve sought him there, this reader s sought him everywhere

  9. says:

    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 book becomes somewhat repetitious, I did enjoy it and would recommend it.

  10. says:

    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 halfway through, my interest started to wane a bit The stories become a bit repetitive they all can be summarized to have a similar plot There is some unfortunate soul being terrorized by the Committ 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 halfway through, my interest started to wane a bit The stories become a bit repetitive they all can be summarized to have a similar plot There is some unfortunate soul being terrorized by the Committee of Public Safety All seems to be lost, until the Scarlet Pimpernel comes up with an elaborate plan to rescue them, always using some form of disguise to trick the villains and rescue the victims I pretty much skimmed the second half of the book

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