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The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
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Dec 19, 2008

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

Great novel. Basically, it's the story of a clever woman tricked by a weasel-face French guy into betraying her husband. Once she learns her mistake she becomes the brave heroine trying to save her equally brave husband. The author included a bit of everything--history, suspense, romance, intrigue, super heroes, and a guillotine. Not bad.

I had one obstacle to overcome when I started reading this book--the movie version. Not that I disliked the movie, but trying to reconcile the different character portrayals made the beginning of the book difficult. I was thankful that the annoying phrase, "Sink me!" was not used at all in the novel. However, by the end of reading there were several other phrases I can stand not to read again due to their frequency used. "Lud," "demmed," and "faith," to name a few.
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