Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Scarlet Pimpernel: A Summary

During the French Revolution Reign of Terror, aristocrats are sent to the guillotine just due to their place in society. Some fortunate aristocrats are aided in escape by the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, who is presumed to be an Englishman, and who has eluded the best agents of France. Marguerite Blakeney is a French woman who is married to a rich and prominent Englishman, Sir Percy Blakeney. When Marguerite's brother Armand is proven to be part of the Society of the Scarlet Pimpernel, she is blackmailed by French agent Chauvelin to use her connections in British society to discover the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and assist in the capture of him and his men. In the process of trying to gather information for Chauvelin, Marguerite rediscovers the love she has for her husband and which he has for her, which she thought she had lost forever - just in time to realize that he is the Scarlet Pimpernel and the information she secured and gave to Chaulevin will result in his capture and death. With the assistance of a devoted member of the Order, Marguerite travels to France to warn her husband, or to die at his side if her efforts should fail. In France, she is captured by Chauvelin and his men as she follows the soldiers who are being led by an old Jew to the location of the Order's secret location. However, the old Jew is her the Scarlet Pimpernel, her husband, in disguise. In another amazing escape, the two of them elude capture, while still managing to free Marguerite's brother and an aristocrat who is set to go to the guillotine. The two are reunited, openly reaffirming their love for each other, and set sail to home.