The Scarlet Pimpernel

by

Baroness Orczy

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A member of the French guard. Grospierre is described as “clever” but is easily tricked by the Scarlet Pimpernel, who manages to sneak by Grospierre with several condemned aristocrats dressed as a captain of the French guard. The Scarlet Pimpernel and the condemned aristocrats escape France, and Grospierre is executed at the guillotine for his incompetence. Grospierre serves as a lesson in humility—he displays excessive pride and pays with his life.
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Grospierre Character Timeline in The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Chapter 1: Paris: September, 1792
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...catch the Scarlet Pimpernel. The Englishman’s disguises have become increasingly brilliant, and he even tricked Grospierre, a guard who “thought himself very clever.” One day, a cart loaded with barrels pulled... (full context)
Social Class and the French Revolution Theme Icon
Disguise, Deception, and Dual Identity Theme Icon
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...“You never know,” Bibot says, “and I’m not going to be caught like that fool Grospierre.” Many carts come and go through the barricades daily, bringing crops to market from the... (full context)