The Scarlet Pimpernel Book Summary and Study Guide

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Marguerite Blakeney, the woman that every girl wants to be, is torn between love for her husband and love for her brother. She is blackmailed into helping Chauvelin, a French agent, find the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel, who had been smuggling French aristocrats to safety. Chauvelin wants to kill
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the Scarlet Pimpernel, who turns out to be Marguerite's husband. Chauvelin threatens to kill Marguerite's brother if she warns her husband that Chauvelin is trying to kill him. Will her husband figure out the trap he is in, or will Marguerite warn him before its too late?
The review of this Book prepared by G. Derzic

The Scarlet Pimpernel is England's national hero, a rescuer of French aristocrats from under the guillotine in France. He's also Sir Percy Blakeny, husband of Marguerite Blakeney nee St. Just and the darling of British society. Marguerite's brother Armand is under suspicion in France and a French government agent, Chauvelin, approaches her with an ultimatum: discover the identity of the Pimpernel or let your brother die. When she realizes that the Pimpernel is her husband, she's off to warn and rescue him with the help of another member of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Andrew Ffoulkes. But she may be too late: Chauvelin has set up an elaborate network of soldiers and spies to capture Pimpernel.
The review of this Book prepared by Kate Pippin

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a mysterious person smuggling aristocrats out of France to save them from the guillotine. Meanwhile Margueritte marries an inane fop, whom she doesn't feel love's her anymore. Eventually Margueritte must decide to save her beloved brother's life or betray The Scarlet Pimpernel.
The review of this Book prepared by Jenna Evans

Marguarite struggles between betraying a hero or letting her only brother be put to death, while trying to understand the gulf that has torn herself and her husband apart. Oh yeah, lots of trying to stay one step ahead of the evil Chauvlin.
The review of this Book prepared by Wendy Edwards

Chapter Analysis of The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   decapitated Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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