The Scarlet Pimpernel


Baroness Orczy

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A Jewish man in the town of Calais. Sir Percy pays Reuben Goldstein for use of his horse and cart, and then pays him extra to make himself scarce, which enables Sir Percy, also known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, to disguise himself as a poor Jewish man and save Armand St. Just and the Comte de Tournay from the French Republic.

Reuben Goldstein Quotes in The Scarlet Pimpernel

The The Scarlet Pimpernel quotes below are all either spoken by Reuben Goldstein or refer to Reuben Goldstein. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet edition of The Scarlet Pimpernel published in 1974.
Chapter 31 Quotes

“Dressed as the dirty old Jew," he said gaily, “I knew I should not be recognised. I had met Reuben Goldstein in Calais earlier in the evening. For a few gold pieces he supplied me with this rig-out, and undertook to bury himself out of sight of everybody, whilst he lent me his cart and nag.”

“But if Chauvelin had discovered you,” she gasped excitedly, “your disguise was good ... but he is so sharp.”

“Odd’s fish!” he rejoined quietly, “then certainly the game would have been up. I could but take the risk. I know human nature pretty well by now,” he added, with a note of sadness in his cheery, young voice, “and I know these Frenchmen out and out. They so loathe a Jew, that they never come nearer than a couple of yards of him, and begad! I fancy that I contrived to make myself look about as loathsome an object as it is possible to conceive.”

Page Number: 264
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Reuben Goldstein Character Timeline in The Scarlet Pimpernel

The timeline below shows where the character Reuben Goldstein appears in The Scarlet Pimpernel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 26: The Jew
Social Class and the French Revolution Theme Icon
Disguise, Deception, and Dual Identity Theme Icon
...more news as well. A “tall Englishman” was seen talking to an old Jewish man, Reuben Goldstein , in the village not an hour before. Chauvelin orders Desgas to bring him this... (full context)
Social Class and the French Revolution Theme Icon
Disguise, Deception, and Dual Identity Theme Icon
“Is this the man?” Chauvelin asks Desgas. “No, citoyen,” he replies. Reuben Goldstein is gone with his cart, but this man has some information “he is willing to... (full context)