The Scarlet Pimpernel Author:Baroness Orczy It was the perfect instrument of death: swift, silent, and merciless. Men, women, even children bowed down before it. No face was too beautiful, no neck too tender. One fatal slice, one head rolled into a basket, one more life cut short! — All Paris was trembling in the shadow of the guillotine. No one dared defy the Terror. Until one night, ... more »out of the shadows, came a masked man on a mission of mercy-to save those condemned to die!
In London he was known as the simpering Sir Percy Blackeney, seen at the most elegant parties, devoted to fashion and gossip. It was only in France that Blackeney's true identity was revealed-when the English dandy peeled off his white gloves, took up the sword of justice, and put on the mask of the Scarlet Pimpernel.« less