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The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
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Jan 09, 08

Read in January, 1978

I've read all the Scarlet Pimpernel books, not difficult because they are all variations on one theme. I loved these books when I was a young girl and still have fond memories of them. They are so romantic, in the classical sense. They have everything: The foppish and languid English lord, his beautiful French wife, the dashing Spy Extraordinnaire The Scarlet Pimpernel, evil Frenchmen (are there any other kind?), disguises of all sorts and a happy ending for all. Poking through this as an adult I see that there is also quite a lot of casual sexism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Well, I'll give the Baroness a break for being a product of her class and time.
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