The Legacy of Baroness Orczy

They seek him here.
They seek him there.
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?
Is he in hell?
That d–d elusive Pimpernel!

I got behind on my articles again. so I decided to reblog this one that I came across which I found very interesting. The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my all-time favorite books, but I had never heard of the movie Pimpernel Smith before and want to get a hold of it. Sir Percy Blakeney chooses to live a dual life – a wealthy, pompous fop in England’s high society, but secretly a hero who rescues lives in danger under the French Reign of Terror. He willingly humiliates himself by taking on a public role for which he is mocked in order to throw off any suspicion of what he is really involved in. There are at least three film adaptations of The Scarlet Pimpernel – the older ones are somewhat cheesy, but fun anyway; the 1999 version doesn’t portray Sir Percy as very likeable nor his relationship with his wife as romantic.

Baroness Orczy actually wrote an entire series of stories about the SP following his exploits. If you like stories that combine adventure, intrigue, British wit, and romance, especially stories about the French Revolution, you should enjoy The Scarlet Pimpernel. As I write about it I realize I am overdue for a rereading of this book! A personal favorite that I highly recommend, although I won’t go so far as to include it on my list of books I think every Christian should read.

Becoming Emily...

This past week, I was able to share a movie with my dear friend, Maribeth.  Together, we sat upstairs and laughed and giggled while watching the old movie, Pimpernel Smith.  This film meant a lot to us for several reasons — it was a conjunction of an inspiring historical figure, a  favorite novel, and an unintentional legacy left by a baroness.  Together, these three seemingly unconnected bits made an extraordinary impact on the world.

Six years ago, Maribeth introduced me to an often-overlooked historical figure, Raoul Wallenberg.  Through his work with the War Refugees Board at the Swiss embassy in Budapest, Hungary,  Wallenberg was able to save the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the last year of WWII.

A couple years later, I returned the favor and introduced Maribeth to a fabulous book which quickly became one of our favorites: The Scarlet Pimpernel.  I’m not going to spoil…

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