More adventures amongst the terrors of revolutionary France. No one has uncovered the identity of the famous Scarlet Pimpernel - no one except his wife Marguerite and his arch-enemy, citizen Chauvelin. Sir Percy Blakeney is still at large however, evading capture...
“Name of a name! every man in charge of that damnable Scarlet Pimpernel should have three pairs of eyes wherewith to watch his movements. He should have the alert brain of a Robespierre, the physical strength of a Danton, the relentlessness of a Marat. He should be a giant in sheer brute force, a tiger in caution, an elephant in weight, and a mouse in stealthiness!”Chauvelin
“I was lying across the finest pair of shoulders in the world, and close to me was beating the bravest heart on God's earth.Thus burdened, these eight noble English gentlemen charged right through an army of butchering, howling brutes, they themselves howling with the fiercest of them.”
“The man who spoke was a short, broad-shouldered creature, with crimson face surrounded by a shock of white hair, like a ripe tomato wrapped in cotton wool.”
“"Why should I share with you?" he said roughly, when, a few hours later, he and Rateau parted in the street outside the Cabaret de la Liberté. "Who are you, I would like to know, to try and poke your ugly nose into my affairs? How do I know where you come from, and whether you are not some crapulent spy of one of those pestilential committees?"From which eloquent flow of language we may infer that the friendship between these two worthies was not of a very old duration.”
“Chauvelin's whole nervous system was writhing with the feeling of impotence.”
“They seek him here they seek him there Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.Is he in heavenOr is he in hell?That damned elusive pimpernel”
“My dear chap, I never would have dreampt of depriving you of your moment of triumph. Alas, a moment was all I could spare”the scarlet pimpernel
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