Course: Baroness Orczy, "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
The year is 1792. The French Revolution has shown its true colors, and become a reign of terror. Daily, tumbrels roll over the cobbled streets of Paris bearing new victims to the insatiable “Madame Guillotine.” Thus the stage is set for one of the most enthralling novels of historical adventure ever written.
Yet some of these victims are unexplainably avoiding their murder by escaping Paris and getting safely to England. How do they do this? All know that it is the work of a mysterious and hated figure. This mysterious figure turns out to be none other than the apparently-eccentric Englishman, the Scarlet Pimpernel, who has sworn to rescue helpless men, women, and children from their doom.His implacable foe, the French agent of the Revolution, Chauvelin, relentlessly hunts the Scarlet Pimpernel down. The lovely Lady Marguerite Blakeney is caught in the middle. All play their parts in a suspenseful tale that ranges from the squalid slums of Paris to the aristocratic salons of London, from intrigue on a great English country estate to the final climax on the cliffs of the French coast. Recommended for grades 9 -12.
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