The landlord of the “Chat Gris,” an inn in France and official meeting place of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Brogard is a dirty and unpleasant man, and his inn is described as dilapidated and “squalid.” Brogard and his rundown inn serve as a foil to Mr. Jellyband and “The Fisherman’s Rest.” Both Brogard and Jellyband’s inns act as small-scale representations of Orczy’s views on French and English society respectively, and by comparison to Jellyband’s cheery and comfortable inn, Brogard and the “Chat Gris” paint a particularly bad picture of the new French Republic. However, Brogard has a “certain amount of respect” for the Scarlet Pimpernel and goes out of his way to make him comfortable, which reflects Orczy’s own support of the aristocracy. The Scarlet Pimpernel is considered an enemy of France, yet Brogard appears fond of him and even supports his efforts by allowing the inn to be used as a meeting spot.
Brogard Character Timeline in The Scarlet Pimpernel
The timeline below shows where the character Brogard appears in The Scarlet Pimpernel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 22: Calais
Chapter 23: Hope
Chapter 24: The Death-Trap