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Secret Identities Revealed! The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905), by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Scarlet PimpernelWarning! I will be revealing the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel in this post! If you have not read the book, or if you are an evil French revolutionary trying to capture the Pimpernel, please don’t read any further.

On an unrelated note, I would like to add that this book is #62 on my Classics Club List. Long Live the Pimpernel!

Ah, the elusive Pimpernel! Never did a literary hero have such an unfortunate alias.

I had never heard of the Scarlet Pimpernel until I watched Blackadder the Third. Unfortunately, having watched Blackadder also meant that I immediately knew who the Scarlet Pimpernel was. So much for mystery.

The Scarlet Pimpernel begins in Revolutionary France, where, in the midst of the Terror, some cheeky chap has been smuggling aristocrats out of Paris and helping them escape to good old Britain. The first two chapters are positively chuckle-worthy, as Orczy describes a few of the clever Pimpernel’s methods for sneaking aristocrats out from under the noses of the evil revolutionaries.