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9th Dec '12 11:05:46 PM PaulA
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--> ''"He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad."''

So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. First published in 1921, this is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in TheFrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film twice, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation. The [[{{Film/Scaramouche}} second movie]] ''does'', however, feature one of the most epic [[{{Flynning}} sword fights]] ever committed to celluloid.

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!!The book provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Marquis becomes this to Aline; twisted in that, although she had been quite receptive to the thought of marrying him before, discovering some unsavory facts about him destroys her interest.
* AffablyEvil: The Marquis is so polite during his conversation with Andre-Louis and Phillipe Vilmorin that you almost miss the insult.
* AristocratsAreEvil: The Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr is the main example, although, since this is the FrenchRevolution, this trope comes up a lot.
* ArrangedMarriage: Subverted in that M. de Kercadiou allows Aline to make her own choice as to whom she marries.
* BadassBoast: Andre-Louis to the Assembly:
--> "I have been detained by an engagement of a pressing nature. I bring you also the excuses of M. de Chabrillane. He, unfortunately, will be permanently absent from this Assembly in future."
* BadassBookworm: Although Andre-Louis is a lawyer by trade, he is able to--through studying fencing theory--devise a method of fencing that destroys even the most skilled of opponents.
* BadassLonghair: Andre-Louis, justified by the fact that most men of the era wore their hair long.
* BasedOnATrueStory: The novel takes place during the FrenchRevolution, and closely follows the events of that time, while outlining an entirely fictional plot.
* BettyAndVeronica: Aline and Climene.
* BlueBlood: The Marquis, Aline and M. de Kercadiou.
* HeroicBastard: Andre-Louis.
* BoisterousBruiser: M. Danton, a violent man described as having "herculean stature".
* DistractedByTheLuxury: Climene falls for the Marquis's money.
* DramaticIrony: We as readers know that Aline faints out of concern for Andre-Louis, not the Marquis. Andre-Louis, however...
* DuelToTheDeath: Andre-Louis and several members of the Privileged Party, most notably the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr and M. de Chabrillane.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: [[spoiler: Comtesse de Plougastel]].
* FrenchRevolution: the setting of the novel.
* FunetikAksent: Danton speaks this way.
* TheGump: Andre-Louis is shown ''starting the FrenchRevolution''.
* HairOfGold
* HighDiveEscape: [[spoiler: The Marquis is offered this. He takes it.]]
* [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather: The Marquis is Andre-Louis' father. The twist remains surprising because until that moment, Andre's parentage had not been important.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: The Marquis and Aline.
* MeaningfulName: Andre-Louis believes that his role in the theater, the witty, roguish Scaramouche, is the best description of who he is in real life.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Comtesse de Plougastel is nice to the coachman, which saves her life.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: In the beginning, Andre-Louis doesn't believe in the ideals he's espousing, he's just using the crowds to get back at the Marquis and his ilk.
* {{Revenge}}: Andre-Louis' reason for hunting the Marquis.
* NotBloodSiblings: Andre-Louis and Aline.
* ParentalSubstitute: M. De Kercadiou for Andre-Louis.
* PowderKegCrowd: Andre-Louis just keeps setting them off...
* RoyalRapier: Moreau's weapon of choice.
* SaveTheVillain: Mme. la Comtesse de Plougastel throws herself between Andre-Louis and the [[BigBad Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr]].
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: The Marquis kills Phillipe with impunity because he, as a noble, will not be punished for it.
* TalkingToTheDead: Andre-Louis to Phillipe Vilmorin before the duel with the Marquis.
* TricksterArchetype: Scaramouche.
* VillainousValor: Say what you will about the Marquis but he is NOT a coward, even when the odds are against him.
* WeWorkWellTogether: Andre-Louis to Pantaloon's troupe. It takes him about a week to take over.
* WickedCultured: The Marquis, naturally.
* YourMom: The insult which sets the whole plot off.

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--> ''"He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that
''Scaramouche'' may refer to:

* ''Literature/{{Scaramouche}}'',
the world was mad."''

So begins RafaelSabatini's classic
novel of revenge. First published in 1921, this is by Rafael Sabatini
* ''Film/{{Scaramouche}}'',
the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in TheFrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for 1952 film twice, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation. The [[{{Film/Scaramouche}} second movie]] ''does'', however, feature one of the most epic [[{{Flynning}} sword fights]] ever committed to celluloid.

----
!!The book provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Marquis becomes this to Aline; twisted in that, although she had been quite receptive to the thought of marrying him before, discovering some unsavory facts about him destroys her interest.
* AffablyEvil: The Marquis is so polite during his conversation with Andre-Louis and Phillipe Vilmorin that you almost miss the insult.
* AristocratsAreEvil: The Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr is the main example, although, since this is the FrenchRevolution, this trope comes up a lot.
* ArrangedMarriage: Subverted in that M. de Kercadiou allows Aline to make her own choice as to whom she marries.
* BadassBoast: Andre-Louis to the Assembly:
--> "I have been detained by an engagement of a pressing nature. I bring you also the excuses of M. de Chabrillane. He, unfortunately, will be permanently absent from this Assembly in future."
* BadassBookworm: Although Andre-Louis is a lawyer by trade, he is able to--through studying fencing theory--devise a method of fencing that destroys even the most skilled of opponents.
* BadassLonghair: Andre-Louis, justified by the fact that most men of the era wore their hair long.
* BasedOnATrueStory: The novel takes place during the FrenchRevolution, and closely follows the events of that time, while outlining an entirely fictional plot.
* BettyAndVeronica: Aline and Climene.
* BlueBlood: The Marquis, Aline and M. de Kercadiou.
* HeroicBastard: Andre-Louis.
* BoisterousBruiser: M. Danton, a violent man described as having "herculean stature".
* DistractedByTheLuxury: Climene falls for the Marquis's money.
* DramaticIrony: We as readers know that Aline faints out of concern for Andre-Louis, not the Marquis. Andre-Louis, however...
* DuelToTheDeath: Andre-Louis and several members of the Privileged Party, most notably the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr and M. de Chabrillane.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: [[spoiler: Comtesse de Plougastel]].
* FrenchRevolution: the setting of the novel.
* FunetikAksent: Danton speaks this way.
* TheGump: Andre-Louis is shown ''starting the FrenchRevolution''.
* HairOfGold
* HighDiveEscape: [[spoiler: The Marquis is offered this. He takes it.]]
* [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather: The Marquis is Andre-Louis' father. The twist remains surprising because until that moment, Andre's parentage had not been important.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: The Marquis and Aline.
* MeaningfulName: Andre-Louis believes that his role in the theater, the witty, roguish Scaramouche, is the best description of who he is in real life.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Comtesse de Plougastel is nice to the coachman, which saves her life.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: In the beginning, Andre-Louis doesn't believe in the ideals he's espousing, he's just using the crowds to get back at the Marquis and his ilk.
* {{Revenge}}: Andre-Louis' reason for hunting the Marquis.
* NotBloodSiblings: Andre-Louis and Aline.
* ParentalSubstitute: M. De Kercadiou for Andre-Louis.
* PowderKegCrowd: Andre-Louis just keeps setting them off...
* RoyalRapier: Moreau's weapon of choice.
* SaveTheVillain: Mme. la Comtesse de Plougastel throws herself between Andre-Louis and the [[BigBad Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr]].
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: The Marquis kills Phillipe with impunity because he, as a noble, will not be punished for it.
* TalkingToTheDead: Andre-Louis to Phillipe Vilmorin before the duel with the Marquis.
* TricksterArchetype: Scaramouche.
* VillainousValor: Say what you will about the Marquis but he is NOT a coward, even when the odds are against him.
* WeWorkWellTogether: Andre-Louis to Pantaloon's troupe. It takes him about a week to take over.
* WickedCultured: The Marquis, naturally.
* YourMom: The insult which sets the whole plot off.
adaptation
21st Nov '12 7:33:18 PM Thepeacockangel
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* BadassLonghair: Andre-Louis, justified by the fact that most men of the era wore their hair long.
4th Jul '12 8:29:00 AM SeptimusHeap
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* HighDiveEscape: [[spoiler: The Marquis is offered this. He takes it.]]



* PrisonerOfZendaExit: [[spoiler: The Marquis is offered this. He takes it.]]
20th Jun '12 7:32:23 PM Dimonite
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* TheGump: Andre-Louis is shown ''starting the FrenchRevolution''.
12th Apr '12 3:10:00 PM Tarlonniel
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So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. First published in 1921, this is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in TheFrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film once, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation. The movie ''does'', however, feature one the most epic [[{{Flynning}} sword fights]] ever committed to celluloid.

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So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. First published in 1921, this is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in TheFrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film once, twice, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation. The movie [[{{Film/Scaramouche}} second movie]] ''does'', however, feature one of the most epic [[{{Flynning}} sword fights]] ever committed to celluloid.
20th Jan '12 6:21:35 AM Dimonite
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So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. First published in 1921. This is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in TheFrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film once, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation. It ''does'' feature one the most epic [[{{Flynning}} sword fights]] ever committed to celluloid.

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So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. First published in 1921. This 1921, this is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in TheFrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film once, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation. It ''does'' The movie ''does'', however, feature one the most epic [[{{Flynning}} sword fights]] ever committed to celluloid.
24th Dec '11 12:42:43 PM Geoduck
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So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. First published in 1921. This is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in TheFrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film once, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation.

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So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. First published in 1921. This is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in TheFrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film once, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation. It ''does'' feature one the most epic [[{{Flynning}} sword fights]] ever committed to celluloid.
11th Dec '11 9:59:14 AM LouieW
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* AreYouMyMummy: [[spoiler: Comtesse de Plougastel]].



* HairOfGold

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* HairOfGoldFamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: [[spoiler: Comtesse de Plougastel]].


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* HairOfGold
9th Nov '11 5:59:48 AM Byzantine
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So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. First published in 1921. This is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in the FrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film once, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation.

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So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. First published in 1921. This is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in the FrenchRevolution.TheFrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film once, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation.
9th Nov '11 5:59:21 AM Byzantine
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So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. This is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in the FrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film once, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation.

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So begins RafaelSabatini's classic novel of revenge. First published in 1921. This is the story of Andre-Louis Moreau's life in the FrenchRevolution. After his friend is killed by a powerful noble, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, Andre-Louis' quest for vengeance leads him to become an orator inciting the people of France to rebel. Along the way, he becomes a renowned actor for his role as [[MeaningfulName Scaramouche]] the sly, roguish trickster. This novel was adapted for film once, but much like ''CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', it lost something in the translation.
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