3 thoughts on “Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel

  1. Liked being reminded of this book which I read at about 14. I preferred Heyer and still do. What worries me (intermittently – I do have a life) is the men’s thighs in those skin-tight breeches. Nowadays some nice foam padding would be possible – but Heyer hints at aids such as sawdust…

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  2. I was obsessed with this book when I was about 10. It was the perfect mix of adventure and romance, and did eventually persuade me to read more seriously about the period. I don’t know why this book particularly caught my imagination as a child, but for all its faults it has that pinch of magic about it. Even at 10 it was clear the sequels didn’t.

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  3. I can recommend the librivox audiobook of this and the related sequels, read by Karen Savage. She plays both the British and the French characters with conviction and introduced me to the books after having previously only seen the TV adaptations 😉

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