History Literature / TheScarletPimpernel

6th May '16 6:19:33 AM Solle
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Then one day Sir Percy leaves for France, and Marguerite makes a discovery that will turn her world upside down...

''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' is a notable work of Western literature, which would go on to influence popular culture throughout the generations. It's an early precursor to the SpyDrama genre of fiction, and the Pimpernel himself can be counted as a ProtoSuperhero. It arguably created the modern concept of the SecretIdentity. Like Franchise/{{Batman}} (or that other early "superhero", Franchise/{{Zorro}}), he's a [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob wealthy personage who hides behind a foppish face by day]] and performs dashing and heroic deeds under the cover of darkness. Like Franchise/{{Superman}}, he hides his intellect and intentions behind a mask of clueless ignorance. He also uses an iconic symbol (the Pimpernel flower) to denote his identity. Truly, modern-day movies and comic books owe a lot to this character. Even {{Anime}} seems to have been influenced a bit by him, judging by the number of series (like ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' and ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'') which feature seemingly dorky -- yet secretly competent -- heroes... who often wear red.

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Then one day Sir Percy leaves for France, and Marguerite makes a discovery that will turn her world upside down...

''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' is a notable work of Western literature, which would go on to influence popular culture throughout the generations. It's an early precursor to the SpyDrama genre of fiction, and the Pimpernel himself can be counted as a ProtoSuperhero. It The book arguably created the modern concept of the SecretIdentity. Like Franchise/{{Batman}} (or that other early "superhero", Franchise/{{Zorro}}), he's the Pimpernel is a [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob wealthy personage who hides behind a foppish face by day]] and performs dashing and heroic deeds under the cover of darkness. Like Franchise/{{Superman}}, he hides his intellect and intentions behind a mask of clueless ignorance. He also uses an iconic symbol (the Pimpernel flower) to denote his identity. Truly, modern-day movies and comic books owe a lot to this character. Even {{Anime}} seems to have been influenced a bit by him, judging by the number of series (like ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' and ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'') which feature seemingly dorky -- yet secretly competent -- heroes... heroes who often wear red.



The ''Literature/PinkCarnation'' book series by Lauren Willig features characters who took up where Sir Percy left off (''i.e.'' the Carnation, and prior to that, the Purple Gentian). In 1941 it was even updated and remade as ''Film/PimpernelSmith'' to be about rescuing Jews from [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]].

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The ''Literature/PinkCarnation'' book series by Lauren Willig features characters who took up where Sir Percy the original Pimpernel left off (''i.e.'' the Carnation, and prior to that, the Purple Gentian). In 1941 it the lore was even updated and remade as ''Film/PimpernelSmith'' to be about rescuing Jews from [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]].
6th May '16 6:17:34 AM Solle
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''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' is a classic action-adventure story written by Baroness Emmuska Orczy and turned into a play in 1903-05. This wildly popular tale is set during TheFrenchRevolution, an era when [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation screaming, toothless peasant mobs rose up against the poor sympathetic aristocracy and began slaughtering them wholesale]]. (Madame la Guillotine was a very busy woman at this time.) It seemed there would be no hope for the French Nobs, until a dashing hero arrived on the scene to snatch those destined for death from the hands of the bloodthirsty and fanatical Revolutionary government. This hero was a mysterious masked figure known only as ''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' (note: a ''pimpernel'' is a small flower with five petals), and together with his small band of followers, he managed to spirit many a doomed aristocrat safely to England.

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''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' is a classic action-adventure story written by Baroness Emmuska Orczy and turned into a play in 1903-05. This wildly popular tale is set during TheFrenchRevolution, an era when [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation screaming, toothless peasant mobs peasants rose up against the poor sympathetic aristocracy and began slaughtering them wholesale]].wholesale. (Madame la Guillotine was a very busy woman at this time.) It seemed there would be no hope for the French Nobs, until a dashing hero arrived on the scene to snatch those destined for death from the hands of the bloodthirsty and fanatical Revolutionary government. This hero was a mysterious masked figure known only as ''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' (note: a ''pimpernel'' is a (a small flower with five petals), and together with his small band of followers, he managed to spirit many a doomed aristocrat safely to England.



The beautiful expatriate French actress, Marguerite Blakeney, doesn't know, but she's recently discovered that her brother, Armand, is one of his band of followers. Unfortunately, Armand's been revealed to the Revolutionaries, and if Marguerite doesn't help Citizen Chauvelin, the slimy agent of the French Republic, discover the Pimpernel's true identity, Armand will be executed.

To whom can Marguerite turn for help? Certainly not her [[RichIdiotWithNoDayjob foppish, empty-headed dandy of a husband, Percy. He barely has the brain cells to choose what outrageous outfit he'll wear to their next social function.]] He surely couldn't be of any use in finding out who the Pimpernel really is.

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The beautiful expatriate French actress, Marguerite Blakeney, doesn't know, but know. But she's recently discovered that her brother, Armand, is one of his band of followers. Unfortunately, Armand's been revealed to the Revolutionaries, and Revolutionaries. And if Marguerite doesn't help Citizen Chauvelin, the slimy agent of the French Republic, discover the Pimpernel's true identity, Armand will be executed.

To whom can Marguerite turn for help? Certainly not her [[RichIdiotWithNoDayjob foppish, empty-headed dandy of a husband, Percy.Percy]]. He barely has the brain cells to choose what outrageous outfit he'll wear to their next social function.]] He surely couldn't be of any use in finding out who the Pimpernel really is.
20th Apr '16 11:36:19 PM PaulA
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''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' would go on to spawn a series of sequel books, operettas, musicals, movies and TV adaptations. The 1982 film has [[Film/TheScarletPimpernel1982 its own page]].

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''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' would go on to spawn a series of sequel books, operettas, musicals, movies and TV adaptations. The 1982 film has [[Film/TheScarletPimpernel1982 its own page]].
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!!Adaptations with their own pages:
* ''Film/{{The Scarlet Pimpernel|1934}}'' (film, 1934)
* ''Film/{{The Scarlet Pimpernel|1982}}'' (TV film, 1982)
* ''Theatre/TheScarletPimpernel'' (musical, 1998)
* ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel'' (TV series, 1999)
18th Oct '15 6:59:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* HoneyTrap: ''The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel'' -- the GenreSavvy Theresias first asks her would-be employers if they're not worried about her BecomingTheMask.

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* HoneyTrap: ''The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel'' -- the GenreSavvy Theresias first asks her would-be employers if they're not worried about her BecomingTheMask.
15th Oct '15 11:02:53 AM roxana
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* PoorCommunicationKills: Marguerite's pride won't let her give Percy a full explanation of her 'betrayal' of the Count of St. Cyr putting their marriage on ice for years leading to her inadvertant betrayal of Percy.
5th Oct '15 12:13:09 PM yisfidri
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''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' would go on to spawn a series of sequel books, operettas, musicals, movies and TV adaptations. The ''Literature/PinkCarnation'' book series by Lauren Willig features characters who took up where Sir Percy left off (''i.e.'' the Carnation, and prior to that, the Purple Gentian). In 1941 it was even updated and remade as ''Film/PimpernelSmith'' to be about rescuing Jews from [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]].

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''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' would go on to spawn a series of sequel books, operettas, musicals, movies and TV adaptations. The 1982 film has [[Film/TheScarletPimpernel1982 its own page]].

The ''Literature/PinkCarnation'' book series by Lauren Willig features characters who took up where Sir Percy left off (''i.e.'' the Carnation, and prior to that, the Purple Gentian). In 1941 it was even updated and remade as ''Film/PimpernelSmith'' to be about rescuing Jews from [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]].
13th Sep '15 6:15:48 AM PaulA
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* ''Film/DontLoseYourHead'' had the "Black Fingernail", played by SidJames, with KennethWilliams playing Chauvelin's {{Expy}}, Citizen Camembert.

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* ''Film/DontLoseYourHead'' had the "Black Fingernail", played by SidJames, Creator/SidJames, with KennethWilliams Creator/KennethWilliams playing Chauvelin's {{Expy}}, Citizen Camembert.
12th Sep '15 2:45:24 PM Kitchen90
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* ''Film/DontLoseYourHead'' had the "Black Fingernail", played by Sid James, with Kenneth Williams playing Chauvelin's {{Expy}}, Citizen Camembert.

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* ''Film/DontLoseYourHead'' had the "Black Fingernail", played by Sid James, SidJames, with Kenneth Williams KennethWilliams playing Chauvelin's {{Expy}}, Citizen Camembert.



6th Jul '15 1:32:40 PM john_e
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** Devinne in ''Sir Percy Leads The Band'' is infatuated with an aristocrat's daughter, and turns traitor in the hope of sending his rival for to the guillotine.

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** Devinne in ''Sir Percy Leads The Band'' is infatuated with an aristocrat's daughter, and turns traitor in the hope of sending his rival for her to the guillotine.
6th Jul '15 1:32:11 PM john_e
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Baron de Batz, a real-life royalist agent of the time.



* LoveMakesYouEvil: The residents of Laragne attribute "citizen Armand's" sudden [[FaceHeelTurn change in personality]] to the death of his wife in childbirth. This is most likely not true, given that the narrator calls his daughter the only person he's ever loved.

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: LoveMakesYouEvil:
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The residents of Laragne attribute "citizen Armand's" sudden [[FaceHeelTurn change in personality]] to the death of his wife in childbirth. This is most likely not true, given that the narrator calls his daughter the only person he's ever loved.loved.
** Devinne in ''Sir Percy Leads The Band'' is infatuated with an aristocrat's daughter, and turns traitor in the hope of sending his rival for to the guillotine.


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* OneSteveLimit: Marguerite's brother and Chauvelin share the first name Armand, but Chauvelin's first name is very infrequently mentioned (and if Armand St Just is in the book, never).
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