The Scarlet PimpernelPaperback - 1997
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Percy Blakeney, leads a double life as an English fop and a swashbuckling rescuer of aristocrats.
Percy Blakeney leads a double life, which he must hide from his wife, Marguerite, lest she betray him to his enemies.
Lady Blakeney, formerly Marguerite St. Just, is the center of this romantic story during the French Revolution.
Percy Blakeney and his companions secretly rescue aristocrats from the guillotine at the height of the French Revolution. When his French wife discovers his hidden identity, she must decide whether to expose him to the government.
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"They seek him here, they seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere
Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
That damned elusive Pimpernel." - Baroness Orczy
Before entering, she paused once again to look at him, hoping against hope to see his arms stretched out to her, and to hear his voice calling her back. But he had not moved; his massive figure looked the very personification of unbending pride [...] Hot tears again surged to her eyes[.] She turned quickly within, and ran as fast as she could up to her rooms. Had she but turned back then, and looked out once more [...] she would have seen [...] a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and his own despair. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love, and as soon as her light footsteps had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade there, where her tiny hand had rested last.
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