The Scarlet Pimpernel 2010 Activities

ACTIVITY ONE - an ongoing activity as you read the novel.
As you read the novel you must add lucky or unlucky events/incidents/happenings that occur to the character - the Scarlet Pimpernel. After each point please add your name.
GROUP ONE will list what they consider lucky or fortunate happenings for the Scarlet Pimpernel:
  • that he managed to escape unoticed disguised as an old hag and using the smallpox story (that is when he helped the refugees escape).
  • that he married Marguerite as Sir Percy Blakeney.
  • that he outsmarted Bibot, who is smart and desperate to catch him.
  • that he escaped as a guard once.
  • that no one knows his identity (Chauvelin is determined to discover it, that is his mission).
  • that he has succeeded in saving many nobles so far (the Vicomte, the Comtesse de Tournay, and Suzanne at least).
  • that he has been able to keep his identity hidden for so long (he has saved quite a few nobles, otherwise no one would speak of him).
  • that he always has good ideas for how to make aristocrats escape (e.g.: disguises, things to say to fool, paths...)
GROUP TWO will list what they consider unlucky or unfortunate happenings for the Scarlet Pimpernel:
  • Could only find away to get M. le Comte de Tournay de Basserive and her Family but not Her Husband.
  • Vicomte le Torunay de Basserive challanged him to Duel.
  • Chauvelin comes to England to find the Scarlet Pimpernel.
  • Lady Blakeney tries to help the Scarlet Pimpernel yet she gets captured
  • French Revolutanaries know where he is.
  • He gets beaten as a Jew.
GROUP ONE MEMBERS:Naomi,Aaron,Coe,Sakina,Jun Ho,Louis

GROUP TWO MEMBERS:Mari, Ayato, Nao,Adi,Michael,Alex
ACTIVITY TWO - ongoing activity as you read the novel (same groups as above)

The English and the French: Comparison Chart
You will use this chart to track moments in the text that suggest that rational Englishmen are resourceful, while unthinking French citizens are volatile. When possible, look for direct comparisons of English and French institutions (e.g., Jellyband’s hotel versus the French "Chat Gris"). Record any exceptions that contradict or challenge our understanding of the novel’s English/French paradigm at the end of the table.

Rational, Resourceful Englishmen
Unthinking, Volatile French Citizens

1. Humourous: "...asserted Lord
Antony, with his jovial, loud and
pleasant voice;..." pg. 38

1."The lust of blood grows with its satisfaction,there
is no satiety. they saw 100 heads fall"
( killing their own people)

2. Sporty: "...we are a nation of
sportsmen,..." pg. 38

2. The Vicomte Wanted to duel (fight) Sir Percy
because duels are not banned in France while they
are in England.
page 56-60

3. Proud of their Country: "...and do
not, I pray, bring your loose foreign
ways into this most moral country."
pg. 31

3. Disgusting and some filthy, french embraces/loves the
guillotine and traitors
"there was a woman...she denounced the Marquis de St. Cyr
and all his family..."
page 40

4. Talk about the Weather for Hours:
"did you ever see such a wet
September," pg. 16

4. Humorous
"Bibot would let his pray out of the gates..... let two of
his guards drag him back in and strip him of his disguise."
page 3

5. Think Sally is Pretty: "...my pretty
Sally,..." pg. 24

5."and in France, treachery is rife all in the name of liberty
and fraternity"
page 40

6. Loyal: "Loyal Englishmen as we all
are," pg. 22

6. Thinks French people are devils
"there's all those Frenchy devils over the channel yonder...
murdered thier own king and nobility
Let 'em murder...."
page 17

7. Alcoholic: "A bowl of punch,
Jelly, hot and strong, eh?" pg. 60

ACTIVITY THREE - Background information for The Scarlet Pimpernel through art:

Find your designated work of art through research on the Web. Save a photo of the work of art. Observe the work of art and discuss the art piece with your partner. Then in your group write answers to the following questions:
What events are depicted?
Who are the key persons involved in the event?
What is the feeling or emotion generated by the painting?
Is the painting a “true” rendition of the events or a piece of propaganda? Explain your opinion.

• The Siege of the Bastille, July 14, 1789, Briffault de la Charprais and Mme. Esclapart, 1791-1796. (Naomi & Jun Ho)
1) Citizens attacked the Bastille because they wanted guns and ammo.
2)The key persons that were involved in this event were the French citizens and the French army.
3) This painting shows the anger between the French citizens and the guards fighting against eachother.

• The Oath of the Tennis Court, Jacques-Louis David, 1791.(Mari & Adi)


1. This event shows that the people in France swore that they would never leave the Tennis Court (where all the estates met) until they had their goals.
2. The people who are in the artwork were the third estate, some first estate and few of the nobles and clergy.
3. The people in the artwork felt like they wanted to revolt against the King because they did not have the right to have their own say.
4. This artwork is a real artwork because this event had actually occured during the French Revolution.

• Louis XVI’s Farewell to His Family in the Temple Tower on January 20,1793 in Paris, Jean Jacques Hauer, Musee
Carnavalet, Paris. (Nao & Ayato)


1) The event shown in this painting is one of king louis's sons saying goodbye to his children because he has to leave, and the king (father) and the queen (mother) are telling the kids to be careful while he is gone.
2) Louis XVI, his wife, his children (a boy, girl)
3) The feeling and emotion that is expressed in this painting is a feeling of sadness because King Louis is leaving his family and his house.
4) The painting is a true rendition of Louis leaving his family because if there is a drawing of the event, it probably actually happened.

• Execution of Marie Antoinette, October 17, 1793, anon., Musee Carnavalet, Paris. (Sakina & Coe)

1. This event is showing the execution of Marie Antoinette that took place at the guillotine in Paris, France on the 16th of October, 1793.
2. The key persons involved in this event are Marie Antoinette, the revolutionaries and the bourgeoisie.
3. The feeling generated in this painting is sad because Marie Antoinette is getting executed but it is also happy for the revolutionaries because another aristocrat had been killed.
4. This painting is a true rendition of Marie Antoinette's execution because if there is a drawing of the event, then it probably happened.

• A Scene from the Public Life of Fontenay Former Mayor of Rouen, Louis Leopold Boilly, Musee des Beaux Arts, Rouen. (Michael & Aaron)
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1)Louis Leopold Boilly and His Family In The Streets-
Begger asking for Money while in background on right hand side under green umbrella
is a third-class person carrying a 2nd or 1st class.
2) Louis Leopold Boilly and His Family.
3)There is sadness is this Painting.
4)I think this Painting is a true redention ( not a fake picture) because this seems very likely to hapen in that time.
• Engravings of Scenes from the French Revolution by Jean Duplessi-Bertaux (Louis)
1.The King Louis 16 arrives in Paris. 2.The key person is Louis 16. 3.The feeling is shame, as the king arrives after having trying to escape France, so no one is cheering for him. 4.This is a real painting as it shows a real event. I do not think it is propaganda as I see no message being given to the viewers.

• Study for `The 10th of August 1792’, Francais-Pascal-Simon, Baron Gerard, Musee du Louvre, Paris. (Alex)
1) The event is the disagreements and agreements of the revolution
2) There are no key people except for the revolutionaries
3) The emotions in this painting are fear and anger
4) This is just a propoganda because it just shows how people feel and is not an actual event

Louis and Alex can discuss their works of art together but you each have a separate piece.


- Use this free web site to listen to the novel librivox.org
You can click on the chapters or download the whole audio version zip file. Go to this link
Scarlet Pimpernel audiothen go to the listen box, then catalog and type in The Scarlet Pimpernel as the title and the author Baroness Orczy and use the first sound link.


Please use the link below to revise what we have studied in humanities regarding the French Revolution. This is written in "simple" English and is easy to understand.
Easy French Revolution Overview.


Please find below some vocabulary help for the first few chapters.
Chapters 1 - 3 Vocabulary
a governing body or upper class usually made up of nobility; privileged class
boldness or arrogance
great and usually bloody slaughter or injury
former (French); having been (something) previously
citizen (French)
producing or able to produce a desired effect
evenness of mind especially under stress; composure; right disposition; balance
the act of cursing or denouncing
characteristic of a man who is devoted to or vain about his appearance; foolish or silly
the quality or state of being as brothers
bold; lacking modesty; with a disregard of others
an act that offends against a person’s dignity or self-respect; insult; humiliating treatment
belonging by nature or habit
having or reflecting a narrow viewpoint; characteristic of an isolated people
the quality of being well-known or talked about; widely and unfavorably known
expressive of urgency or command; characterized by arrogant self-assurance
a meeting at an appointed place and time
having a healthy reddish color; ruddy
outward appearance or show; a small portion or limited quantity
sovereign (n.)
one that exercises supreme authority; an acknowledged leader
an absolute ruler unrestrained by law; a ruler who exercises absolute power in a brutal way
punishment inflicted in retaliation for an injury or offense; retribution
a miserable person; one who experiences great misfortune; a vile person
eagerness or interest in pursuit of something; fervor
Chapters 4-6 Vocabulary
to destroy the self-confidence of something or someone; disconcert; embarrass
an unnatural form of behavior usually intended to impress others
showing or having warmth of feeling; passionate; zealous or devoted
not having something needed, wanted, or expected
able to contain much or many; roomy or spacious
to bring into agreement; to reconcile; to gain the goodwill or favor of
to condemn openly or publicly; to accuse; to announce the end of s.th.
something that does not follow an established pattern, norm, or rule; unusual behavior
tending to express oneself in forceful speech or action; attracting special attention
to provide with money for support or maintenance; to furnish with s.th. freely or naturally
a formal letter
of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter; having the relation of a child or offspring
a fool or idiot
lacking meaning or a point; silly
disrespectful or rude speech or conduct; showing boldness or rudeness
full of or expressing good humor
the state of being in danger of injury, loss, or destruction; immediate danger
making little or no sense
a list of taxes placed by a government on imported goods
great force or energy; highly emotional; forcibly expressed
Chapters 7 - 9 Vocabulary
having lost a loved one through death
deprived of somebody or something loved or valued; lacking in something desirable
dignity or good taste that is appropriate to a specific occasion
physically skillful, esp. in using the hands and manipulating objects; quick-witted
weariness and dissatisfaction with life that results from a loss of interest
or sense of excitement

to free somebody from blame, guilt, or obligation
showing a lack of seriousness that is thought inappropriate; offhand or dismissive
continuous strong growth; to be strong and healthy or grow well
a feeling that something bad is going to happen; a premonition; a bad omen
courteous and thoughtful—especially toward women; brave and honorable
mass destruction, especially of human life; a sacrifice or burnt offering
serenely beautiful, untroubled, and happy
cleverness and originality
a gloomy mood or oppressive atmosphere
to claim to seem to be something or somebody; to intend to do something
with a charming old-fashioned quality; strange or unusual in a pleasing way
a strong or violent retaliation for an action that somebody has taken; payback
showing or possessing intelligence, insight, and sound judgment;
based on good judgment and probably correct

an unpredictable or eccentric change, action, or idea
expressed with or showing conviction or intense feeling; done with vigor or force