marguerite st juste

*le smooch*

Well, Literary Crush Month is at it again, but this time with Percy and Marguerite from Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel! 

The Scarlet Pimpernel is basically a PSA for marital counseling. For those of you who aren’t familiar, The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of the first alter-ego crime-fighting vigilante heroes. By day, Percy Blakeney poses as a witless and fashionable fop. But by night, he becomes a master of disguise–saving innocent aristos from the guillotine and being a generally clever do-gooder. The only problem is–his darling wife Marguerite appears to have sent an entire family to the guillotine out of spite and she may or may not be conspiring to catch him too. Sink me, what drama! But appearance isn’t everything, of course–and the story centers around Marguerite trying to clear her name and reunite herself with the enigmatic Percy (plus intrigue, blackmail, Chauvelin, etc..). P+M (Mercy, Perguerite?) are a super cute couple once you get past all the ANGST and AGONIZING FRUSTRATION. And I love how they basically end up *ahem*  smooching at the end of pretty much every book that they star in. 

 There are a whole bunch of books in the series, and I’ve only read a few–but they are fun, rather cheesy, and oh-so entertaining. There is a 1982 film version which is *awesome* (it has a baby Gandalf in it!) and a musical with a terrible plot but amazing music! You will probably see more of these two this summer since I am using some scenes from the musical as a story project:) 

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The Scarlet Pimpernel - Modern AU

Percy Blakeney might come from old money, but despite his pedigree, he’s a playboy and socialite, who entertains himself with his equally wealthy and foolish friends. His actress lover, Maggie St Juste, remembers a day when he was more than just the laughing clown, but those days are long gone. Sometimes, she wonders if it’s worth staying with him at all. Then her world is turned on its head when their apartment is trashed, and suddenly Maggie discovers that her boyfriend is much more than she ever thought possible.