Why this book?
This furnished the key motif of someone being saved from a revolutionary mob. It is also incredibly rich in the ‘local colour’ of the French Revolutionary period. Also one of the finest works of fiction to explore the theme of abduction. I had perhaps been led in this direction by Alexandre Dumas.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
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"Vaguely she began to wonder ... which of these worldly men round her was the mysterious 'Scarlet Pimpernel,' who held the threads of such daring plots, and the fate of valuable lives in his hands."
In the early days of the bloody French Revolution, fleeing aristocrats are being captured and sent to the guillotine. But the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel - along with his band of English gentlemen - is outwitting the revolutionaries. Known only by his calling card, he arrives in disguise and smuggles the nobles out of…
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