The League is up to their old tricks again, but this time they have the help of a local simple girl from the country, Fleurette. When she and her love fall into danger for her help, the League decides these two innocents must be rescued as well. But matters are complicated when the Pimpernel discovers that Fleurette is none other than Citizen Chauvelin's only child! Will Chauvelin stop his relentless pursuit for revenge? Can Blakeney live up to the code of his own honor and help his greatest enemy in a common cause? Will Fleurette ever reach safety?!
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Sir Percy Hits Back based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This enjoyable sequel is Chauvelin's story. Not merely a zealous Republican, the Pimpernel's bete noir is also a family man with a carefully hidden secret - he has a daughter, blonde-haired and bright-eyed, living in the south of France! Fleurette has been cossetted and protected throughout her childhood, raised by a guardian and kept from the harsh realities of life by her proud father, until she turns eighteen and all hell breaks loose!This revelation of 'Bibi's, as his daughter affectionately calls him, is jarring but not wholly unbelievable, and it is fascinating to study the two halves of Chauvelin's personality - doting father and staunch Republican - at war within the small, sable-clad 'terrorist'. If his main motivation has always been to avenge the events of his past and at the same time provide a better future for his daughter, then Chauvelin's private life is not altogether incongruous with his public persona. What drives 'Bibi' in this story is his overwhelming love for his child, and he is ready to throw out every principle and even sacrifice himself to save her. This clash of paternal pride and cynical professionalism is portrayed convincingly - Chauvelin is well aware of his reputation, and sadly tells Fleurette that 'there are no friends nowadays, only enemies and the indifferent'. He and the Pimpernel work independently yet simultaneously to achieve the same goal, and both, in their own manner, suceed - but of course the triumph belongs to Sir Percy, who comes to the aid of both father and daughter.The daughter Fleurette is a true product of her sheltered upbringing, raised as a genteel young lady, and is described as 'simple' and 'honest' with a good heart. Chauvelin's mollycoddling by proxy has made her ignorant but also headstrong, and she is soon marching directly into danger with the best of Orczy's heroines! Ultimately, though, she and even Sir Percy are mere devices employed to test Chauvelin's mettle as his past and present collide.
Fleurette is a simple girl who delights in her fiancee, 'M'sieu Amédé', and her darling but eternally absent father Bibi. The revolution seems far away, until a neighboring aristocratic family is threatened. Suddenly, Fleurette is swept up in a power play which condemns her for a traitor. With his innocent daughter inextricably trapped by the system he had helped to create, Armand Chauvelin must turn to his bitter enemy, the Scarlet Pimpernel . . . Although I have not read very many of the sequels at this point (only four), this is by far my favorite. Orczy's Chauvelin is much more of a villain in the books than he has been in the films and the musicals. Sir Percy Hits Back is the first book, and perhaps the ONLY one, which allows Chauvelin to be a real, compassionate man with a personal life. His devotion to Fleurette is beautiful, and the novel really won my sympathy for a character who is often merely a dastardly and dangerous villain. One of the reasons I loved this book so much, was that it showed a completely different side of my favorite SP villain. Chauvelin is a man of many emotions and loves. Does he love Fleurette as much as the revolutionary cause? Baroness Orczy writes a story of a wonderful man unfortunately warped by obsession and revenge. It is only when the most precious person in his life is in danger, do we see a pitiful, scared side of a fabulously written villain. This book is highly recommended.