The Scarlet Pimpernel Study Guide

The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel is the story of Sir Percy Blakeney, an English nobleman living in France during the Reign of Terror. Percy maintains a secret identity, that of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and uses this in conjunction with a society symbolized by the title flower to rescue nobles from execution by guillotine. Blakeney becomes a hero of the people and manages to save hundreds, establishing his alter ego as a fixture of the Terror.

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