Excerpt from “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Emma Orczy ~~Elusive~~

picture-ScarletPimpernel-OrczyThere he stood, the moral support, the cool-headed adviser, surrounded by a crowd of brainless, empty-headed young fops, who were even now repeating from mouth to mouth, and with every sign of the keenest enjoyment, a doggerel quatrain which he had just given forth. Everywhere the absurd, silly words met her: people seemed to have little else to speak about, even the Prince had asked her, with a little laugh, whether she appreciated her husband’s latest poetic efforts.

“All done in the tying of a cravat,” Sir Percy had declared to his clique of admirers.

“We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel”

Sir Percy’s BON MOT had gone the round of the brilliant reception-rooms. The Prince was enchanted. He vowed that life without Blakeney would be but a dreary desert. Then, taking him by the arm, had led him to the card-room, and engaged him in a long game of hazard.

 

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One response to “Excerpt from “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Emma Orczy ~~Elusive~~

  1. Baroness Orczy was born in Hungary on 23 September 1865, and died on 12 November 1947, aged 82 years. The story of the ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ began its life as a play in England in 1903, and subsequently, with its success, was published as a novel in 1905.

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