The Scarlet Pimpernel
by Baroness Orczy
"We seek him here, we seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!
Is he in heaven? Or is he in hell?
That demmed Elusive Pimpernel?"
1792, France. The nation is engulfed in the Glorious Revolution and many blue blood aristocrats - men, women and children - are sent on their final rendezvous with Madame Guillotine. Alas, against the liking of the bloodthirsty revolutionary citoyens, a masked and mysterious hero arises - The Scarlet Pimpernel. It is rumoured he is an Englishman himself and who is a master of disguises and skillful plotting. He rescues individuals sentenced to death and manages to slip through the hands of the French police undetected.
Citoyen Chauvelin is the accredited agent sent by the Republic of France to London. His life's mission has become to find and destroy the indomitable the Scarlet Pimpernel. He will use and do everything in his devilish power to discover the identity of this masked hero. His first link is a French actress and the leading lady of the fashionable London society, Marguerite St. Just, who is married to an English dim-witted, foppish playboy, Lord Percy Blakeney. Using Margot and her connections, Chauvelin hopes to infiltrate the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and achieve his goal.
A classic must-read, the story that inspired many modern masked hero stories. This unregrattable quick read will show you where it all began. Yes, I am looking at you, Bruce Wayne! :D