“The Scarlet Pimpernel- Baroness Orczy- 211 page
I just read The Scarlet Pimpernel, and it was almost like I was bi-polar reading it. There were some parts where I was really bored and just wanted to skip that part. There were other parts where I couldn’t put the book down and was trying to read as fast as I could, only to end up missing something and have to go back and read it. There was one part that was set in an old English town and there was a lot of dialogue, written the way the people would’ve talked there. I was so confused! I got so frustrated because I couldn’t understand what they were saying so I eventually ended up reading it out loud talking in my best English accent, and that helped a lot! I enjoyed the book overall because it was so different from what I usually read.
The setting in this book really is connected to what events happen. The story happens during the Reign of Terror and what the relationship between France and England is at this time, which really connects to the whole idea of this Scarlet Pimpernel. There is this person that is “saving” these French aristocrats, according to the English, but to the French the Scarlet Pimpernel “saving” these people is like someone breaking the most dangerous serial killer out of prison to us. The change in the setting causes such a dramatic change in the attitude of the characters, which really affected how the story ended. This really made it an interesting read considering I never really read about historical stuff and always thought it ended horrible and sad.
The ending of this story was different than I thought, and I would probably change it. Maybe my opinion is biased because I saw the movie before I read the book, and the movie is a lot different than the book. I did keep me on the edge of my seat, so I guess that was good. In the movie the bad guy is killed by the husband’s intellect and courage and the couple lives happily ever after (yay!); but in the book the bad guy just leaves to continue to chase the husband, the husband get beaten to a pulp and survives only because he barely outwits the bad guy, but the couple still lives happily ever after (still yay!). I guess you should always just read the book before the movie.
The ending did have a good lesson in it though. The main topic during this whole book is about how this woman’s husband is supposedly too stupid to love her, while the husband acts like he doesn’t love his wife because he thinks she is a horrible traitor. They need to learn to use their words! They both judged each other too quickly and ended up miserable for a long time. There was one part where they almost broke down those walls; when the husband just wished he could trust and love her openly again, and the wife wished she could go to him to help her with her problems and comfort her. They didn’t though, and they had to almost end up dying to love each other again. Sure, there would be story if they did, but if they had just used their words and not judged each other they wouldn’t have to endure all of that pain.