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The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Published: 1905
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.2
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 11,001
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Origin: gutenberg.org

In 1792, when the hated aristocrats were being mowed down in France by Madame Guillotine, an intrepid Englishman hid his identity under the nom-de-guerre of "The Scarlet Pimpernel," and headed a band of twenty noblemen whose object was to save as many of the French aristocracy as possible.

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gates.

"What cart?" asked Bibot, roughly.

"Driven by an old hag. . . . A covered cart . . ."

"There were a dozen . . ."

"An old hag who said her son had the plague?"

"Yes . . ."

"You have not let them go?"

"MORBLEU!" said Bibot, whose purple cheeks had suddenly become white with fear.

"The cart contained the CI-DEVANT Comtesse de Tourney and her two children, all of them traitors and condemned to death." "And their driver?" muttered Bibot, as a superstitious shudder ran down his spine.

"SACRE TONNERRE," said the captain, "but it is feared that it was that accursed Englishman himself--the Scarlet Pimpernel."

CHAPTER II

DOVER: "THE FISHERMAN'S REST"


In the kitchen Sally was extremely busy--saucepans and frying-pans were standing in rows on the gigantic hearth, the huge stock-pot stood in a corner, and the jack turned with slow deliberation, and presented alternately to the glow

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.6 from 5 reviews: *****
2015.09.17
gibel
*****

This was an excellent story and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of her works. I don’t recall how I learned of this book, but am a big fan of Rafael Sabatini which writes romance fiction set in the same period

2012.07.01
bhold
****.

Excellent adventure tale. I thought the heavy doses of feminine introspection sidetracked the plot sometimes, but still very good.

2012.04.14
rgirlie
*****

Absolutely love love LOVE this book. So super thrilling. You wont be able to put it down!!

2009.10.01
Debbie
*****

One of my favorite classic books of all time. Great adventure and loads of fun!

2005.08.15
gamecat_25
****.

A good read, it is a classic tale of love, spies and wit. It will definitely keep the reader second guessing.


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