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The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
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Apr 13, 11

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A little history, a little romance, a little adventure, a little mystery. This novel has ranked this high because not only does it have all of these qualities, but it uses them exquisitely. It was a little difficult to get into at first. Orczy establishes the basis of the story before really developing it, but once she does there's not putting it down. The Reign of Terror was a tragedy that needed a hero and Marguerite, born French, faces the conflict of choosing family or the greater good. She's a heroine unlike any other I've ever read. She isn't in blind love, but she is witty, clever, and still a great romantic. The greatest thing that Orczy does is prove that you should never judge a person on appearances. The Reign of Terror was genocide and there were people who risked their lives to stop it. Those who stand by and let things happen thinking they are not involved, are cowards. Everyone should read this, and learn that one person may be all it takes. Standing by does nothing, but standing up changes everything.
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