The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Jared Irvan
Mr. Ostrynski
English I
08/16/2012
Percy Blakeney
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orzcy is an intriguing novel that takes place during the French Revolution during 1789 -1799 in France. One of the main characters is Percy Blakeney, who is secretly the scarlet pimpernel. As the scarlet pimpernel he helps condemned French aristocrats escape from the guillotine during the French revolution. His wife, Lady Blakeney, is also a main character in the novel. She is known for her beauty as an actress and for her charisma. Percy Blakeney is the character that I most admire for his bravery, self-sacrificing actions, and his intelligent personality.

Throughout the novel Percy exemplifies bravery in many ways. One way is by helping all of theses condemned aristocrats escape from Paris, but by doing this he could be put to death by the guillotine. “Oh! that was extremely funny, for as often as not the fugitive would prove to be a woman, some proud marchioness, who looked terribly comical when she found herself in Bibot's clutches after all, and knew that a summary trial would await her the next day and after that, the fond embrace of Madame la Guillotine.”(pg3) Percy’s whole secret identity as the scarlet pimpernel highlights his intelligence of hiding his true identity so he will not be suspected at all to be helping the condemned French aristocrats. He plays himself off as a stupid stooge and has everyone fooled. He even made her smile quite merrily by telling her of the Scarlet Pimpernel's quaint and many disguises, through which he had baffled the strictest watch set against him at the barricades of Paris. This last time, the escape of the Comtesse de Tournay and her children had been a veritable masterpiece—Blakeney disguised as a hideous old market-woman, in filthy cap and straggling grey locks, was a sight fit to make the gods laugh.(pg175-176) Lastly, what some might think to be the most admirable trait of Percy’s are his self-sacrificing...
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