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Monday, July 21, 2008

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Basics:
The Scarlet Pimpernel, AKA Sir Percy Blakeney, is the hero of a novel (and later play/movie/musical) written by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution. He is the leader of a secret society of 19 English aristocrats, the "League of the Scarlet Pimpernel." Together, they are engaged in rescuing their French counterparts from the daily executions. The mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel takes his nickname from the drawing of a small red flower with which he signs his messages. He hides his true identity behind the persona of a dull, slow-witted fop in order to deceive the world. They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven, or in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel!
Pros:
Courageous with no need to be applauded
A man of honor and loyalty
Fights for what's good and right
Willing to die to save others
British: well-dressed, well-spoken, well-mannered
Sink me! The man's a poet!
Says things like this to his lover: "You must tell me all about yourself, in every detail, but oh, so slowly, so very slowly, so that it takes a very, very long time."

Cons:
Wears wigs and plays dress-up
Has identity issues and multiple personalities
Doesn't tell his wife the truth
Nearly dies...quite a bit
Your friends and family will all think him a fool

5 comments:

Meems said...

Okay, I think I can play this one.

Ahhh Sir Percy!So perfectly in control of himself and all those around him but not in that sort of irritating way... it is much better than that... it's actually endearing. Your pros/cons are fabulous- can't really add anything to them.

***The cons could quite assuredly be overlooked in view of the last pro.***

dreamlady said...

Oh, that my lover/husband would say to me "tell me all about yourself, in every detail, but oh, so slowly, so very slowly, so that it takes a very long time".

Men don't like detail!!! Yesterday, I was relating some of the morning church service to him (he had to work), and it got too long and too detailed. He started looking for lunch in the fridge while I was expounding! OOH! what a put down! I had to leave the room to keep from really saying too much!!

When he finally did apologize (he really couldn't figure out what he did wrong, but he knew I was not happy with him), he said 'I'm sorry' with the explanation that he just doesn't like so much detail! We are talking like maybe 10 minutes of 'one sided' conversation as I was trying to cover many different 'details'. He can hold court for any matter of time, but he can't waste his time on details of my stories. He insists it is a universal problem with males. Is it?

Sorry, I kind of got carried away with that subject. Hope it wasn't too detailed for your readers ;-)

marmee said...

i have seen many versions of this man in movies and i love them all.
again i have to say loyality along with honour are the qualities that make me sit up and take notice.
for some reason i think he and mr. darcy might have been friends, if ever the two should meet.

serious/silly/me said...

Meems: SIR PERCY! You got that right! And I think I must agree with you that all his cons could be overlooked due to his pros...what a fool that Jane Seymour was! Until her blinded eyes were opened!

Dreamlady: Your comment cracked. me. up. And it probably wasn't meant to make me laugh, so I apologize. But I could so very well relate. Isn't it strange that we women CRAVE details and yet men are so LOATHE to give them (or receive them)? Is this part of some divine comedy?

Marmee: You may be on to something: Percy and Darcy might indeed have been friends or brothers...there is a quote I dearly love that says something to the effect of "I would have loved thee less, had I not loved honor more." Oh, to live by such wisdom!

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