On Monday, I spotlighted my favorite romance of all time. Running just a few hairs short of that bar is The Scarlet Pimpernel. This book is amazing.
“Sink me! Your taylors have betrayed you! T’wood serve you better to send THEM to Madam Guillotine”
— Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel
I read the book when I was fairly young, probably around the age of 8 or 9 years. I believe my grandmother gave it to me to read. On summer vacations, I grab a book from my grandma’s bookshelves and settle myself under the big oak tree beside her bedroom window. While I read, the operatic duets of Pavarotti and Kathleen Battle would float out of Grandma’s bedroom windows. Great memory that!
The Scarlet Pimpernel has remained a favorite over the years, and I believe I have every film production of the story on my keeper shelf. The video below features Martin Shaw as Chauvelin and Richard E. Grant as Sir Percy, aka The Scarlet Pimpernel.
There was a musical a number of years back by Frank Wildhorn that I never got to see, but the music is fantastic. This video features Falcon In The Dive from Wildhorn’s musical, which is Chauvelin singing singing his frustration when it comes to his need to find and capture the Scarlet Pimpernel.