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YMMV / The Scarlet Pimpernel

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The original novel

  • Iron Woobie: Lady Marguerite Blakeney.
  • It Was His Sled: The dramatic revelation, two-thirds of the way through, that the demmed idiot Sir Percy Blakeney is the Scarlet Pimpernel, to the point that no adaptations try to hide this.
  • Protagonist Title Fallacy: Poor Marguerite...
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Chauvelin, for one, would be guilty of unforgiveable Genre Blindness... except his genre didn't exist yet.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • It was easier in the earlier 20th century to completely vilify the French Revolution and have more sympathy for the French aristocracy.
    • Similarly, the depiction of the Jewish prisoner or rather, Sir Percy's depiction of the Jewish prisoner might be read with some discomfort by modern readers. Note that Percy is deliberately playing to the Frenchmen's prejudices.
      • There's also perhaps a touch of Reality Subtext here: at the time the Baroness wrote the novel France was still hashing out the Dreyfus Affair, which wouldn't be satisfactorily resolved until 1906.


The sequel novels


The adaptations

Alternative Title(s): The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934


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