Scarlet Pimpernel Quotes

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They seek him here, they seek him there Those Frenchies seek him everywhere Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That demned elusive Pimpernel
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Money and titles may be hereditary," she would say, "but brains are not,"...
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Odd's fish, m'dear! The man can't even tie his own cravat!
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Sink me! Your taylors have betrayed you! T'wood serve you better to send THEM to Madam Guillotine
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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A woman's heart is such a complex problem - the owner thereof is often most incompetent to find the solution to this puzzle.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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We must prove to the world that we are all nincompoops
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Thus human beings judge of one another, superficially, casually, throwing contempt on one another, with but little reason, and no charity.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Look at this limp cravet. And the sad state of those cuffs. I can hardly bring myself to look upon them.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Had he but turned back then, and looked out once more on to the rose-lit garden, she would have seen that which would have made her own sufferings seem but light and easy to bear--a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and despair. Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love and as soon as her light footstep had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade, where her tiny hand had rested last.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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When will you give up these mad adventures, and leave others to fight their own battles and to save their own lives as best they may?' When your ladyship has ceased to be the most admired woman in Europe, namely, when I am in my grave.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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She said nothing, and Sir Andrew, too, was silent, yet those two young people understood one another, as young people have a way of doing all the world over, and have done since the world began.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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I take it, sir, that you do not approve of our new society." "Approval, sir, in my opinion, demands the attainment of perfection. And in that sense, you rather overrate the charms of your society. I'faith, for one thing, it does seem monstrous ill-dressed for any society, even a new one.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when it is crushed.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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The sound of distant breakers made her heart ache with melancholy. She was in the mood when the sea has a saddening effect upon the nerves. It is only when we are very happy that we can bear to gaze merrily upon the vast and limitless expanse of water, rolling on and on with such persistent, irritating monotony to the accompaniment of our thoughts, whether grave or gay. When they are gay, the waves echo their gaiety; but when they are sad, then every breaker, as it rolls, seems to bring additional sadness and to speak to us of hopelessness and of the pettiness of all our joys.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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She, at least, ought to have known that he was wearing a mask, and having found that out, she should have torn it from his face, whenever they were alone together....Her love for him had been paltry and weak, easily crushed by her own pride
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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This Jackson bloke was the ruddy Scarlet Pimpernel, here, there and everywhere, always one step ahead of Barry. And everywhere he went, women were disappearing.
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Kate Atkinson (Started Early, Took My Dog (Jackson Brodie, #4))
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He was calmly eating his soup, laughing with pleasant good-humour, as if he had come all the way to Calais for the express purpose of enjoying supper at this filthy inn, in the company of his arch-enemy.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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...but in every century, and ever since England has been what it is, an Englishman has always felt somewhat ashamed of his own emotion and of his own sympathy.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Now, when their glances met, they understood one another. The power that lay within both their souls had met, and, as it were, clasped hands. They accepted one another's sacrifice. Hers, mayhap, was the more complete of the two, because for her his absence would mean weary waiting, the dull heartache so terrible to bear.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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It does seem simple, doesn't it?' she said, with a final bitter attempt at flippancy, 'when you want to kill a chicken...you take hold of it...then you wring its neck...it's only the chicken who does not find it quite so simple. Now you hold a knife at my throat, and a hostage for my obedience...You find it simple...I don't
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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I have so often been asked the question: "But how did you come to think of The Scarlet Pimpernel?" And my answer has always been: "It was God's will that I should." And to you moderns, who perhaps do not believe as I do, I will say, "In the chain of my life, there were so many links, all of which tended towards bringing me to the fulfillment of my destiny.
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Emmuska Orczy (Links in the Chain of Life)
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The present is not so glorious but that I should wish to dwell a little in the past.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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She would keep him, keep his love, deserve it and cherish it, for this much was certain, that there was no longer any happiness possible for her without that one man's love.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Tis only in the future you can prove your true worth.
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Emmuska Orczy
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Your conscience troubles you unnecessarily, and you see a deliberate intention in every simple act.
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Emmuska Orczy
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It is only in our beautiful France that wholesale slaughter is done lawfully, in the name of liberty and of brotherly love
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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She looks very virtuous and very melancholy." "Virtue is like the precious odors, most fragrant when it is crushed.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Anonymity crowned him as if t'were the halo of romantic glory.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate. The hour, some little time before sunset, and the place, the West Barricade, at the very spot where, a decade later, a proud tyrant raised an undying monument to the nation's glory and his own vanity.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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...and in repose one might have admired so fine a specimen of English manhood, until the foppish ways, the affected movements, the perpetual inane laugh, brought one's admiration of Sir Percy Blakeney to an abrupt close.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Since then her life had been peaceful and happy. She had allowed herself to be worshipped by that strangely captivating lover of hers, whose passionately willful temperament, tempered by that persistent, sunny gaiety, she had up to now only half understood.
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Emmuska Orczy
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The invigorating scent of the sea was nectar to her wearied body, the immensity of the lonely cliffs was silent and dreamlike. Her brain only remained conscious of its ceaseless, its intolerable torture of uncertainty.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Between the ages of ten and fifteen in St. Petersburg, I must have read more fiction and poetryβ€”English, Russian and Frenchβ€”than in any other five-year period of my life. I relished especially the works of Wells, Poe, Browning, Keats, Flaubert, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Alexander Blok. On another level, my heroes were the Scarlet Pimpernel, Phileas Fogg, and Sherlock Holmes. In other words, I was a perfectly normal trilingual child in a family with a large library. At a later period, in Western Europe, between the ages of 20 and 40, my favorites were Housman, Rupert Brooke, Norman Douglas, Bergson, Joyce, Proust, and Pushkin. Of these top favorites, severalβ€”Poe, Jules Verne, Emmuska Orezy, Conan Doyle, and Rupert Brookeβ€”have lost the glamour and thrill they held for me. The others remain intact and by now are probably beyond change as far as I am concerned.
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Vladimir Nabokov (Strong Opinions)
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He made her laugh always made her taste a strange and exquisite bliss when he held her in his arms.
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Emmuska Orczy
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Money and titles may be hereditary," she would say, "but brains are not,
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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By her own blindness she had sinned; now she must repay, not by empty remorse, but by prompt and useful action.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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... you know my belief in bald-headed Fortune, with the one solitary hair. Well, I meant to grab that hair...
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Emmuska Orczy
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Only he who has ever by accident sniffed vigorously a dose of pepper, can have the faintest conception of the hopeless condition in which such a sniff would reduce any human being.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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The evil we do, Monsieur, is within us; it does not come from circumstance.
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Emmuska Orczy (The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel)
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History was my favourite subject at school and in my spare time I read historical novels voraciously from Heidi to the Scarlet Pimpernel and from Georgette Heyer to Agatha Christie.
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Sara Sheridan
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The moral crisis she'd just gone through made her feel indulgent toward the faults, the delinquencies of others. How thoroughly a human being can be buffeted and over-mastered by fate had been borne in upon her with appalling force.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Hers was the perfect love that dwells on the other's happiness, and not on its own. She knew that, though for the time being he would find bliss and oblivion in her arms, he would soon repine in inactivity whilst others fought for that which he held sublime.
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Emmuska Orczy
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The Crimson Pirate, The Mark of Zorro, Captain Blood, The Black Pirate, Adventures of Don Juan, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Sea Hawk, The Prisoner of Zenda, Scaramouche,
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Cary Elwes (As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride)
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Suddenly…a sound…the strangest, undoubtedly, that these lonely cliffs of France had ever heard, broke the silent solemnity of the shore. So strange a sound was it that the gentle breeze ceased to murmur, the tiny pebbles to roll down the steep incline! So strange, that Marguerite, wearied, overwrought as she was, thought that the beneficial unconsciousness of the approach of death was playing her half-sleeping senses a weird and elusive trick. It was the sound of a good, solid, absolutely British β€œDamn!
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Dear heart,” he murmured, β€œdo not look on me with those dear, scared eyes of yours. If there is aught that puzzles you in what I said, try and trust me a little longer. Remember, I must save the Dauphin at all costs; mine honor is bound with his safety. What happens to me after that matters but little, yet I wish to live for your dear sake.
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Emmuska Orczy (El Dorado: Further Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Her whole body stiffened as with a great and firm resolution. This she meant to do, if God gave her wits and strength.
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Emmuska Orczy
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Odd's fish, m'dear, would you have me challenge the poor countess to a duel?
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The Scarlet Pimpernel
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Then your tailors will rule the land and no one will make the clothes. So much for French fashion. . . and French politics.
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The Scarlet Pimpernel
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A woman's heart is such a complex problemβ€”the owner thereof is often most incompetent to find the solution of this puzzle.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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No! The captain of the guard was that damned Englishman in disguise, and everyone of his soldiers aristos!" The
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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guillotine
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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She had seen them in turmoil all round her--love, hatred, vengeance, treachery--she herself practically the pivot around which they raged. Out of the deadly strife she had emerged pure, happy in the arms of the man whom her wondrous adventures as much as his brilliant personality had taught her to love.
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Emmuska Orczy
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A SURGING, SEETHING, MURMURING CROWD of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate. The hour, some little time before sunset, and the place, the West Barricade, at the very spot where, a decade later, a proud tyrant raised an undying
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Chapter7
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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What is it you Frenchies say? Tou-che? You see, I'm a bit of a poet and you did not know it, what?
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The Scarlet Pimpernel
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Strange!β€”I wonder when it got there? It is from the
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Mr. Hempseed shook his head with an infinity of wisdom, tempered by deeply-rooted mistrust of the British climate and the British Government.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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She stood there before them, in all the unconscious insolence of beauty, and
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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though the Republic had abolished God, it had not quite succeeded in killing the fear of the supernatural in the hearts of the people.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Marguerite indulged in the luxury, dear to every tender woman's heart, of looking at the man she loved.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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His pride and her beauty had been in direct conflict, and his pride had remained the conqueror.
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Emmuska Orczy
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Thus human beings judge of one another, with but little reason, and no charity.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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He, the sleepiest, dullest, most British Britisher that had ever set a pretty woman yawning
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love, and as soon as her light footsteps had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade there, where her tiny hand had rested last.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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In his mind he vaguely pondered whether he should strike that long-legged Englishman in the face and call him a coward, or whether such conduct in a lady's presence might be deemed ungentlemanly, when Marguerite happily interposed.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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It was asserted that these escapes were organised by a band of Englishmen, whose daring seemed to be unparalleled, and who, from sheer desire to meddle in what did not concern them, spent their spare time in snatching away lawful victims destined for Madame la Guillotine.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Yet, with all that, no one dared to interfere. Burke had exhausted all his eloquence in trying to induce the British Government to fight the revolutionary government of France, but Mr. Pitt, with characteristic prudence, did not feel that this country was fit yet to embark on another arduous and costly war. It was for Austria to take the initiative; Austria, whose fairest daughter was even now a dethroned queen, imprisoned and insulted by a howling mob; surely 'twas notβ€”so argued Mr. Foxβ€”for the whole of England to take up arms, because one set of Frenchmen chose to murder another.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate. The hour, some little time before sunset, and the place, the West Barricade, at the very spot where, a decade later, a proud tyrant raised an undying
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Too late, my dear Monsieur Chambertin!" Sir Percy's mocking voice broke in,
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Emmuska Orczy (The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel)
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They seek him here. They seek him there. Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in Heaven? Or is he in Hell? That damned, illusive pimpernel.
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Sir Peter Blackney "Scarlet Pimpernel"
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Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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When a country goes mad, it has the right to commit every horror in its own wall
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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He firmly believed that the French aristocrat was the most bitter enemy of France; he would have wished to see every one of them annihilated: he was one of those who, during this awful Reign of Terror, had been the first to utter the historic and ferocious desire "that aristocrats might have but one head between them, so that it might be cut off with a single stroke of the guillotine.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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Had she put turned back then, she would have seen that which would have made her own sufferings seem but light and easy to bear-a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and his own despair. Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love, and as soon as her light footstep had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade there, were her tiny hand had rested last.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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I wished to test your love for me, and it did not bear the test. You used to tell me that you drew the very breath of life but for me and love of me." "And to prove that love, you demanded that I should forfeit mine honor," he said..."that I should accept without murmur of question, as a dumb and submissive slave, every action of my mistress. My hear overflowing with love and passion, I asked for no explanation-I waited for one, not doubting, only hoping.
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Emmuska Orczy
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Sport, Madame la Comtesse, sport," asserted Lord Antony, with his jovial, loud and pleasant voice; "we are a nation of sportsmen, you know, and just now it is the fashion to pull the hare from between the teeth of the hound." "Ah,
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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It is only when we are very happy, that we can bear to gaze merrily upon the vast and limitless expanse of water, rolling on and on with such persistent, irritating monotony, to the accompaniment of our thoughts, whether grave or gay.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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The chairs - turned towards one another in groups of twos and threes - seemed like the seats of ghosts in close conversation with one another. There were sets of two chairs - very close to one another - in the far corners of the room, which spoke of recent whispered flirtations, over cold game pie and iced champagne; there were sets of three and four chairs, that recalled pleasant animated discussions over the latest scandals; there were chairs straight up in a row that still looked starchy, critical, acid, like antiquated dowagers; there were a few isolated, single chairs, close to the table, that spoke of gourmands intent on the most recherche dishes, and others overturned on the floor, that spoke volumes on the subject of my Lord Grenville's cellars.
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Emmuska Orczy (SCARLET PIMPERNEL VOL. 1 The Scarlet Pimpernel I Will Repay The Elusive Pimpernel (Timeless Wisdom Collection))
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I wished to test your love for me, and it did not bear the test. You used to tell me that you drew the very breath of life but for me and love of me." "And to prove that love, you demanded that I should forfeit mine honor," he said..."that I should accept without murmur of question, as a dumb and submissive slave, every action of my mistress. My hear overflowing with love and passion, I asked for no explanation-I waited for one, not doubting, only hoping.
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Emmuska Orczy
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But, above all, Chauvelin had a purpose at heart. He firmly believed that the French aristocrat was the most bitter enemy of France; he would have wished to see every one of them annihilated: he was one of those who, during this awful Reign of Terror, had been the first to utter the historic and ferocious desire β€œthat aristocrats might have but one head between them, so that it might be cut off with a single stroke of the guillotine.” And thus, he looked upon every French aristocrat, who had succeeded in escaping from France, as so much prey of which the guillotine had been unwarrantably cheated.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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My time at Eton did develop in me a character trait that is essentially, I guess, very English: the notion that it is best to be the sort of person who messes about and plays the fool but who, when it really matters, is tough to the core. I think it goes back to the English Scarlet Pimpernel mentality: the nobility of aspiring to be the hidden hero. (In fact, I am sure it is no coincidence that over the years, so many senior SAS officers have also been Old Etonians. Now explain that one, when the SAS really is the ultimate meritocracy? No school tie can earn you a place there. That comes only with sweat and hard work. But the SAS also attracts a certain personality and attitude. It favors the individual, the maverick, and the quietly talented. That was Eton for you, too.) This is essentially a very English ethos: work hard, play hard; be modest; do your job to your utmost, laugh at yourself; and sometimes, if you have to, cuff it. I found that these qualities were ones that I loved in others, and they were qualities that subconsciously I was aspiring to in myself--whether I knew it or not. One truth never changed for me at Eton: however much I threw myself into life there, the bare fact was that I still really lived for the holidays--to be back at home with my mum and dad, and Lara, in the Isle of Wight. It was always where my heart really was.
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Bear Grylls (Mud, Sweat and Tears)
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A clever man would naturally have other interests, an ambitious man other hopes. . . . I thought that a fool would worship, and think of nothing else.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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I had never loved anyone before…so I naturally thought that it was not in my nature to love. But it has always seemed to me that it must be heavenly to be loved blindly, passionately, wholly… And I would have allowed myself to be worshipped, and given infinite tenderness in return.” From The Scarlet Pimpernel
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Anonymous
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It is only when we are very happy, that we can bear to gaze merrily upon the vast and limitless expanse of water, rolling on and on with such persistent, irritating monotony, to the accompaniment of our thoughts, whether grave or gay. When they are gay, the waves echo their gaiety; but when they are sad, then every breaker, as it rolls, seems to bring additional sadness, and to speak to us of hopelessness and of the pettiness of all our joys. CHAPTER
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
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surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate.
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Emmuska Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel (AmazonClassics Edition))