The Scarlet Pimpernel Author:Baroness Orczy Setting: September-October, 1792 — Summary: — During the Reign of Terror, aristocrats condemned to die are mysteriously disappearing. Rumor has it that this is the work of an elusive band of Englishmen; their leader, the Scarlet Pimpernel. Marguerite Blakeney, a beautiful French actress lately married to an English baronet, finds... more » herself in a difficult situation. A ruthless agent of the Committee of Public Safety, Citizen Chauvelin, has black-mailed her to help him discover the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Can she save her only brother from death? Will she betray a brave but mysterious hero to his death? Is this the end of the Scarlet Pimpernel?!
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The Terror of the Guillotine
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 silce, one head rolled in to a basket, one more life cut shot!
All Paris was trembling in the shadow of the guillotine. No one dared defy the Terror. Until one night, out of the shadows, came a masked man on a mission of mercy - to save those condemend 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 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