What are you studying search ask question novelguide rooms. The scarlet pimpernel is in fact sir percy blakeney while society sees him as a foppish and foolish aristocrat he is actually a clever cunning orchestrator of elaborate schemes to rescue french nobility from the guilliotine in revolutionary paris he is praised throughout the book as the embodiment of britains finest virtues. Nationalism in both its positive and its negative aspects is one of the themes of the scarlet pimpernel on the positive side we see what britain regards as its finest qualities the cause of liberty and devotion to others good embodied in the daring exploits of the scarlet pimpernel on the negative side however we see much chauvinism demonstrated toward france in chapter iii for. During the bloodthirsty french revolution the league of the scarlet pimpernel a secret society of 20 english aristocrats is engaged in rescuing their french counterparts from the daily executions their leader the mysterious scarlet pimpernel takes his nickname from the drawing of a small red flower with which he signs his messages
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