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I Will Repay (The Scarlet Pimpernel #3)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  624 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Adele was very lovely and a veritable tower of greed and egotism. The Marnys were rich and the little Vicomte very young; and just now the brightly-plumaged hawk was busy plucking the latest pigeon- newly arrived from its ancestral cote.' (Excerpt from Chapter 1)
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Published December 1st 2007 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published 1906)
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in May 2000.

In this melodramatic romance set during the French Revolution, the factor that has ensured it a measure of survival (the involvement of the Scarlet Pimpernel) is fairly incidental to the plot, as he is basically a supernatural element to bring a successful resolution in an impossible situation. It is the silliest and least realistic of the Scarlet Pimpernel novels, and it is also the one which has dated the most.

The plot is about revenge (hence th
If this wasn't a eBook, I would set fire to it.
Rick Davis
I really enjoyed "The Scarlet Pimpernel". I also liked the sequel, "The Elusive Pimpernel". These books are goofy and silly, but they work because the author clearly knows what she's writing and avoids any pretensions to the contrary.

Unfortunately, it appears that Baroness Orczy wanted to overstep her limits in "I Will Repay". The story centers on a young girl who is caught between opposing forces, her faithfulness to her father, and her love for the man she has sworn to kill. Dickens could have
Jun 11, 2008 Elaine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Scarlet Pimpernel
I Will Repay is the first of many sequels to Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel, and is, likewise, set amidst the French Revolution. Though I did not think it was quite as good as the original book, I liked it all the same. I Will Repay centers around two new main characters, Juliette Marny and Paul Deroulede. Years before the Revolution, Juliette's brother was killed in a fair fight by Deroulede, and her deranged father had Juliette swear to avenge her brother's death. In the aftermath of ...more
Rosemary Morris

I Will Repay by Baroness Orczy was first published on September 27th, 1906. The quotation the baroness chose for the novel is: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” – Romans. Xii. 19.

Forced by an oath to take revenge on the duellist, who killed her brother in a sword fight, Juliette Marnay, daughter of the old Monsieur le Duc de Marny, will be at the mercy of the mob during the French Revolution. She will also be at the mercy of conflicting loyalites and emotions, which will lead to
I Will Repay is a sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel, the fictional English hero who, through clever planning and disguises, rescues many who are slated for the guillotine during the French Revolution.

The story begins with a heated argument between young Vicomte de Marny and the older Paul Déroulède. De Marny is accidentally killed, and even though the fight was fair, de Marny makes his 14 year old daughter Juliette swear that she will avenge her brother's death.

Ten years later the French Revolut
David Nichols
A dreadful book. The characters were one-dimensional, the plot thin and predictable, the final chase scene sketchy and dull. Only the author's utter contempt for working-class people kept me reading, in a state of horrified semi-fascination. The other redeeming virtue of this novel is its price: it's available for free on
Charming, but so silly! Not a good use of my time!
Amanda Allen
Depending on your list of sequels this may or may not be the 2nd book. I think the reason for that is that some of the sequels follow directly the actions of the Pimpernel. I have yet to read one that directly follows the Pimpernel, so we’ll see if I’m right.

The rest of the novels seem to follow other dudes, but the Pimpernel shows up. I Will Repay is of the second sort. The main characters in this book are a french dude who has some sort of government post and wants to free Marie Antoinette and
A very cute novel.
Yes, the Scarlet Pimpernel.
It seems like a sacrilege to say it, but the ending of this book made it that. It was adorable. Romantic. Passionate. But the ending was so lacking. It was to predictable, to easy. Despite all the frequent comments that this would be "The Scarlet Pimpernel's Most Difficult Situation Yet..." I didn't feel like it was.
Oh, Percy was a genius. Of course. When is he not? But sometimes....a little less about Robespierre's water sea eyes and a bit mo
The UHQ Nasanta
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If I belive a book is about The Scarlet Pimpernel I would very much like it to be so, and not just have said character make a cameo appearance. Not to mention Marguerite, where is she? Perhaps she is in a disguise?

This story, if fleshed out, could stand on it's own, but wouldn't have sold as many copies. It is what we would call a rip off.

A 3.5, really. So . . . I can sort of see why the sequels to The Scarlet Pimpernel aren't as well-known as the original story. The prose is vividly violet, the characters get utterly overwhelmed by their emotions frequently and with an almost comical earnestness, and there's a lot of telling-not-showing and some really black-and-white good and evil characters.

Still, the book was fun in some ways. I always like the Pimpernel and his clever schemes. The sweet - if sometimes weird when viewed throu
Phil Clymer
I think not quite as good as The Scarlet Pimpernel. A bit slow in places towards the middle, but it packs a wallop for an ending. All is right with the world, the Pimpernel in his mild mannered Clark Kent persona comes through once again. Well worth the effort to read.
While not as good as The Scarlet Pimpernel, this was still a fun, fast read that I couldn't help but get caught up in. Shed some more light on the dreadful times of the French Revolution as well. The book opens with a duel between a young boy and a slightly older man. The boys death causes the emotional collapse of his father who makes the boy's sister promise the seek revenge on the other man. From there, the book takes us on the girl's journey as she tries to wrestle between the solemn oath sh ...more
3.5, slightly tipping on the side of 4.

This was the 2nd Scarlet Pimpernel book published. However, I'm reading the Scarlet Pimpernel series in order of the chronology of events, which makes this the 4th book. I prefer this, it makes more sense, even if the character development looks a bit uneven as a result.

It was light in the Sir Percy, and he does tend to steal the show in every scene he is in. Marguerite and the league are barely mentioned. And the beginning of the novel moves a little slowl
I quite enjoyed this. I'm currently reading all of the Scarlet Pimpernel Books (in publication order), while I've thus far been able to figure out the Scarlet Pimpernels disguises I've been unable to predict what actions he'll take to accomplish his goals.
Always keeps you wondering how he is going to get free. Great adventure, historical fiction. Listened to from Librivox
I enjoyed this book. Monsieur Derroulade was a very likeable fellow: so chivalrous, kind and noble! The climax and end were not as good as some others of the Pimpernel tales, but still, "I Will Repay" deserves its place in the series. :)

As a side-note, I also like how a Christian worldview is portrayed, for the most part, throughout the Scarlet Pimpernel books. It is not often that one finds action and adventure, romance, historical fiction, and a swashbuckling, well-told tale complete with goo
Another entertaining Scarlet Pimpernel story. The story starts before the French Revolution when Paul Derolede kills a young man in a duel that he tried very hard to avoid. Several years later, Juliette Marny, the young man's sister, comes to fulfill a vow she made to her dying father to avenge her brother's death. It's a sweet love story set with the back drop of Paris during the French Revoltion, as many of the Scarlet Pimpernel books are. The version I read had some spelling mistakes and wron ...more
Love! Love! Love! Although it does not top The Scarlet Pimpernel (and, truly, what could?), I Will Repay is a fantastic sequal. Sir Percy is not the main character, but his brief appearances are so quintessentially him, I fall in love with him all over again. The story is a perfect juxtaposing with that of Percy and Marguerite, in the original. The Baroness seems to warm to the theme of redemption. I also love her style of writing as well as her adventurous plots. A must for any lover of The Lea ...more
I enjoyed the book but there wasn't as much of the Scarlet Pimpernel in this book until the end. The book gave a little more insight into how the leadership of the French Revolution operated and, sadly, how easy it was to denounce someone. The Pimpernel deffinately shows up and shows off his cleverness. It wasn't quite as good as "The Scarlet Pimpernel" in my opinon. I think it is still worth reading, though, since "I Will Repay" does continue to develop the character of the Scarlet Pimpenel.
Feb 27, 2011 Elise rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked the first SP book - though don't expect to see much of Percy here.
A tad silly and melodramatic, but still a fun read. The romance wasn't as compelling as that in the first book, and the hero isn't as swoon-worthy as Sir Percy. However, this is more evenly paced than its predecessor: whereas The Scarlet Pimpernel took 8 chapters or so to hit its stride, I Will Repay was fun and engrossing from the first page. As others have noted, the conclusion of the book and the romance perhaps wasn't as satisfying as it could have been.
One of many sequels following the adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernal through the tumultuous times of the birth and death of the first French Republic during the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. This is a period romance novel centered around Sir Percy's friend in Paris who in the end is helped by the Pimpernal to escape into freedom and love away from hatred and vengeance.
Our hero _Pimpernel_ seized the spotlight least (so far) in this the #3 installment in Orczy's series. Consequently, the story lacks the intensity of certain elements of adventure, clever scheming and plain good humor (abounding in the original). A good 'lighter' read though with its rich threads of 'romance' worked well into the familiar Paris setting during the Reign of Terror.
"Her prose is really well-pitched and effective throughout-full of passion for her subjects. So despite that I despised her heroine for existing and seethed at the weak stereotyping of women, I ended up actually enjoying it despite myself. "
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Not a bad book and a quick read. this is different than the first Scarlet Pimpernel book where you see everything from the perspective of The Pimpernel. This book is from the perspective of someone he saves from the guillotine. I enjoyed it after I got used to not seeing Sir Percey so much. If you are a fan then you should read this.
More of a love story and the Scarlet Pimpernel isn't in this one as much. It isn't as funny as some of the books but none of the characters went off and did something so stupid I wanted to kill them. So if you are a Pimpernel fan read it and you'll most likely enjoy but not love this one.
I can't help it. I need more Pimpernel!


Okay, still so good. But I didn't get any masked-avenger action until the last two chapters! I need more than that! This one had a little more description of the Jacobins than I was looking for, but the final action was good. Satisfying!
Not as wonderful as the first book as it does not include Sir Percy nearly as much until the end, where he performs a rather simple role.
However, it is a sweet love story that parallels Sir Percy and Marguerite's in the sense that there is misunderstanding and betrayal.
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Full name: Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi was a Hungarian-British novelist, best remembered as the author of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1905). Baroness Orczy's sequels to the novel were less successful. She was also an artist, and her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy, London. Her first venture into fiction was with crime stories. Among her most popular c ...more
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  • The Elusive Pimpernel
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  • The Way Of The Scarlet Pimpernel
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