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Emmuska Orczy
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The Elusive Scarlet Pimpernel (The Scarlet Pimpernel #4)

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It's the early days of the French Republic, and Robespierre's revolutionaries find their wicked schemes repeatedly thwarted by the cunning and heroic Pimpernel — in reality, Sir Percival Blakeney. In this thrilling sequel, the terrorist Chauvelin devises a vile plot to eliminate the Pimpernel and his beautiful wife, once and for all.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 1967 by Arrow Books (first published 1908)
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This is my second foray into Pimpernel literature. This is actually the third book chronologically. I'm not sure yet how episodic the story works out...this is evidently taking place after the first novel but I didn't feel like I missed out on anything by skipping the second book. It also didn't really feel like much would have been missed by skipping the first book (although the first did involve more character development of the core characters). I would recommend reading the first novel first...more
Just awful. Magnifies all the weaknesses of The Scarlet Pimpernel, to the point where the sequel has made me like the first book less than I did originally. The plot here is flimsy at best, the histrionics are neverending, and the aristocracy-worship is seriously out of hand.

The sad thing is that there's an interesting conflict buried deep beneath the swooning fits, between Percy's love of adventure and his love for Marguerite/her desire to keep him safe at home. But it isn't addressed in a mean...more
This is the weakest of the Pimpernel books I've read, but it's still enjoyable. The villain spends so much time talking in monologues, that very little happens after the first third of the book. He goes on forever, far more than was needed. It really got old. Then, all of a sudden, the big escape happened in the blink of an eye and the book was over. This entry in the series isn't paced nearly as well as the other 2 Pimpernel books I've read, and it feels lazy and uninspired in comparison. That...more
The book "I Will Repay" is important to read first, because it sets up the plot and scene for "The Elusive Pimpernel." The book keeps me guessing whether or not Sir Percy & Marguerite will fall into a trap set by their enemy. I can picture myself there, and I wonder what I would do in the same situation. How will the Scarlet Pimpernel save the lives of innocent people and get his band out alive? You will have to read it to find out.
I enjoy all the Scarlet Pimpernel books. I find it easier...more
This book continues the story of the Scarlet Pimpernel (Sir Percy) and his wife Marguerite. Led into a trap, they are to choose between their freedom and the lives of many innocent people. Although the story wasn't as captivating as the original, and dragged a little at times, I really enjoyed it. It was exciting and fun, and had just enough of the wonderful romance between Percy and his wife to make it great.
I really enjoyed this book! For once we have a hero of a tale that uses his head instead of any other special talents. I love how smart the Scarlet Pimpernel is, and I love the banter between him and his enemies. I would say I liked it just as well as the first which for me is kind of rare. With the first in a series you get to discover it for the first time once and I feel sometimes something just isn't as magical in a follow up. Emmuska Orczy did a great job! I am somewhat surprised I like the...more
Leah Good
This is the first Scarlet Pimpernel book I have read and not adored. The first three quarters of the book were spent mostly on set up and relied heavily on long passages of exposition. However, the last quarter came through with classic Scarlet Pimpernel style. Sir Percy is backed into a tough corner and, for the first time, I questioned his ability to get out of it. If you are a Scarlet Pimpernel fan and are willing to sift some pebbles to find the gold nuggets, you will probably enjoy this boo...more
I have been hoodwinked. I now know why I had such a hard time getting into this book and why it was SO confusing. I thought I was reading "The Scarlet Pimpernel" but it turns out I was reading the third book in the series. I couldn't figure out WHY the movie was so much different than the book!!! hahaha. I sure feel like an idiot now. I downloaded the wrong book onto my nook. Well, I really liked this book and can't wait to read the ORIGINAL!
Louise Allana
The Baroness has found her formula and by golly she's going to use it. Our heroine sighs and pines and thrills and watches her man leave, then in a display of feminine independence and empowerment dashes madly after him to.... To what? Why does she go? I think because she can? Oh that's right, she goes to make a huge mess, get her man into trouble, and stew in a panic while her man saves the day and the lives of practically the whole French nation. Meanwhile, our hero is inscrutable, utterly one...more
this book was like reading a poorly acted play. the characters are all belabored and even the protagonist gets tiresome after a few chapters. there was very little action, intrigue, and way too much speculative internal monologue.
I liked The Scarlet Pimpernel better. The annoying references to Marguerite's womanly weakness (yes, yes, a product of the time, but still...) seemed much more frequent in this tale and Marguerite did even less to prove herself "the cleverest woman in Europe" than in the last story. She adored her husband, ignored her gut instinct about a person she just met which allowed her enemy, Chauvelin, to gain access to her home, adored her husband some more, and then she fell hook, line, and sinker for...more
Apr 06, 2008 Brackman1066 rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: swashbucklers and darling adventurers
Recommended to Brackman1066 by: my friend Andrew (who said it was really bad)
Shelves: really-bad-books
The edition I read wasn't this one, but the original 1908 US printing. It's not really that bad--nothing like *SHE*, but still has entertainingly bad elements: Too! Many! Exclamations! By the Narrator! when the book talks about the Revolutionaries. . .Also, I would like to know something. . .when Marguerite talks to anyone. . .what does Baroness Orczy have against full stops. . .the ellipses get annoying. . . really fast.

I also, on a purely plot level, wanted to throw things at the heroine, but...more
Tanara McCauley
Who doesn't love Sir Percy? Noble, strong, self-sacrificing, and madly in love with his woman. He's a hero I would gladly read about again and again...and again. In this tale he willingly walks into a trap set by that weasel of a man Chauvelin, not knowing that the lives of his wife Marguerite and the townspeople are at risk. Orczy did a phenomenal job of creating a predicament so hard to get out of, I began to doubt the Blakeney's chances for success. Though it's unpopular for heroes to die in...more
The more of these novels I read, the more I am able to look past, and generally skim through, the heavier bits of prose which plod along and don't much further the plot. However, the more I read, the more I also become inescapably enraptured with the characters. I fume whenever Chauvelin plots the destruction of the League, or does not see his malice as such. I facepalm when Marguerite acts in haste, not placing faith in her husband's keen mind, or rushing in to a situation out of blind love. I...more
Trista Hibberd
She does it again, the author pulls you in and illustrates the audacity and ingenuity of Sir Percy Blakeney in short stories that are fun short reads. I'm glad Citizen Chauvelin is once again present to be humiliated. This was a fun read.
I really enjoyed this book! More than I thought I would. It moves quite a bit faster than most other "classics". I almost felt like the ending was a little abrupt, but overall really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down!
Another fun adventure novel, and the sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel. It continues telling the story of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel as they attemp to save more aristocrats from the Reign of Terror. It's not terribly interested in historical accuracy, but that's probably what makes it fun. The main characters are endearing, but you find yourself saying, 'Don't do it. It's just what they want you to do!' quite often. Sometimes the female characters are annoying because they are too much th...more
A light read, doesn't do better than "The Scarlet Pimpernel". Read it if you are a fan.

One thing that I particularly like about "The Scarlet Pimpernel", was the characterization of Sir Percy Blackeney. That had been carried over well in this book as well. The plot seemed a little weak, but then picked up in the middle chapters. I felt that there were more characters than necessary, and each character was given more than it's share of words. The climax was a letdown for me though. I felt that the...more
Linda Jacobs
The horrors of the French Revolution are in full swing and when the Pimpernel travels back to France for a duel, his wife follows, and they face their arch enemy.
The first half of this book can be summed up into two names: The Lover and the Adventuer. Those are the two sides of Sir Percy Blackney, and the book goes on about it! and on and on...
Like most Pimpernel books, the actual keep-reading adventure doesn't pick up till 70% of the way through, and there are many long, prosaic parts, but still! It is the Scarlet Pimpernel. For that I love it.
Sir Percy is the best of heroes, his wife (I was so happy Marguarite was back!) a jewel among wives.
I found...more
Terri Haynes
I am really enjoying these books. It's always interesting trying to figure out who the Scarlet Pimpernel would escape the latest net. Another book that makes me glad that I've decided to read the classics.
One of my favorite Pimpernel books so far. Chauvelin really thinks he's outdone himself, and Sir Percy once again proves he has.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my all-time favorite classics, with Sir Percy Blakeney ranking up there in terms of my favorite characters. I enjoyed the glimpse that the sequel, the Elusive Pimpernel, provides of life following the original events. I like reading what happens now that both Lady Blakeney and Citizen Chauvelin know the true identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. I would appreciate Marguerite being a little more adept at avoiding dangers herself, but enjoyed seeing how the main charac...more
[These notes were made in 1983. I read it in a 1920s edition:]. Chambertin - sorry, Chauvelin - sets up an elaborate duel situation to get Percy Blakeney to France. Marguerite, with more nobility than sense, follows him and gets herself captured. A set of threats to innocent lives effectively prevent any dead-of-the-night escape attempts. And so, by brilliant subterfuge (the substitution of one piece of paper for another), our hero escapes once more, complete with (incidentally) a few more innoc...more
Victoria Law
whereas the scarlet pimpernal is an amusing enough read that one can easily overlook the anti-revolution sentiments, Orczy's anti-revolution vitriol really comes out in this book. it's really interesting to compare Orczy's obvious horror of the players in the french revolution, whom she paints as caricatures of evil, so closely after having spent many weeks with marge piercy's descriptions of them as more complex human beings in City of Darkness, City of Light.
Nicky Hirst
I love historical novels but this lacked something and took me ages to finish, which is out of character for me. I will devour a Georgette Heyer in no time, but this one sat on my bedside table as I got lured into reading other books. It had a good plot and reasonable characters, but I never felt totally engaged or caring enough about them to want to read on.

Don't get me wrong it's not the worst book ever written but it's not the top of books I'd recommend to those that love historical romance...more
Sara Ramsey
Better than the first!
One of my sons recommended this to me. He's read all of the Scarlet Pimpernel books. He really wanted me to read another after I finished the first one, so I gave it a shot. It was a little slow at took me quite a while to get through the first 2/3 of the book. But then, it got really good and I finished it up in a couple of days. I couldn't put it down. I just had to find out how the Scarlet Pimpernel would untangle himself from the difficult situation he found himself in.
Christy B
Not as charming as the first book, but it had it's moments.

Absolutely adored the scenes with Percy. And I felt myself holding my breath waiting to find out how he was going to get out of that dreadful bind at the end. Sink me! He's a genius.

The chapters from Marguerite's point of view were absolutely excruciating. Could there be a dumber heroine? And I could do without the repeatedness of how god damn good looking the characters are. We get it, Baroness. Good lord.
This is the second of the Scarlet Pimpernel books that I've read (I think I read them in order... it all seemed to flow...). Anyway, I think this was the shortest of them (?) but still important. We know now who the Scarlet Pimpernel is, and this adds for more characterization. I was very intrigued with how the "resolution" would be managed, even if it wasn't my favorite of the series, just because it didn't seem quite as detailed as the other two I've read.
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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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