The Scarlet Pimpernel


Baroness Orczy

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel is an “English wayside flower,” and it is symbolic of Sir Percy Blakeney’s secret identity as the Scarlet Pimpernel, “the best and bravest man in all the world.” Each time Sir…

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The Guillotine

The guillotine, a device consisting of a wooden frame and weighted blade used for decapitation, is the preferred form of execution in Orczy’s novel and is symbolic of the French Revolution and the Reign of…

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