by Baroness Orczy from The Scarlet Pimpernel
Chapter I passage: The adventure novel “The Scarlet Pimpernel” was written in 1902 by Baroness Orczy. The lead character, Sir Percy Blakeney, aka the Scarlet Pimpernel, is arguably the first superhero in the manner of Zorro, Batman, and the Lone Ranger. In public he was a foppish and rather dim English lord. However, in private he was the brave and clever leader of a band of British noblemen who rescued doomed French aristocrats from the guillotine of the French Revolution. Students will read the passage and draw conclusions on the character of the Pimpernel and the figurative language in the text.