The son of the Comte and Comtesse de Tournay and brother to Suzanne. The Vicomte is rescued by the Scarlet Pimpernel and brought to England to escape execution during the Reign of Terror. He is described as young and “foppish,” and he is the personification of French passion. Sir Anthony refers to the Vicomte as an “abandoned young reprobate” and reminds him that England is no place for his “loose foreign ways.” The Vicomte even challenges Sir Percy to a duel after Marguerite insults the Comtesse. While he is obviously an aristocrat and therefore deserving of respect according to Orczy, the Vicomte is still French, and Orczy portrays him as driven by passion and emotion, the exact opposite of the stereotypical English restraint she favors in the novel.
The Vicomte de Tournay Character Timeline in The Scarlet Pimpernel
The timeline below shows where the character The Vicomte de Tournay appears in The Scarlet Pimpernel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: The Refugees
...with “childlike curiosity.” Sir Andrew smiles at the pretty young girl. The Comtesse’s son, the Vicomte de Tournay, joins his family in the coffee-room and immediately takes note of pretty Sally... (full context)
Chapter 4: The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
Chapter 5: Marguerite
Chapter 6: An Exquisite of ‘92
Chapter 11: Lord Grenville’s Ball
...royalty amounts almost to a religion,” bows “ceremoniously.” Lady Blakeney does the same, and the Vicomte approaches. The Prince of Wales remembers meeting the Vicomte’s father, the Comte de Tournay, many... (full context)