Saturday, April 27, 2013

Why The Scarlet Pimpernel Is The Quintessential Hero

Today is Percy Day, when we celebrate the absolute brilliance that is Sir Percival Blakeney, Bart.

Percy Day was started by Anne-girl during her Hero Week last year.  Since then, the Leaguettes have ratified a law making Percy Day an annual occurence.

Here I present some of the reasons I feel Sir Percy is the quintessential hero.

~He selflessly puts his own life on the line to rescue people who have no connection to him other than sympathy for their suffering.
~He is followed by a band of men whose passionate devotion and loyalty to their leader means they would lay down their lives for him at any time.
~He is head over heels in love with his wife.
~He rescues people irregardless of rank or consequence.  If they are in danger, that is enough for him.
~He has a witty retort for everything and everyone.
~He is a master of disguise.
~He is a master at fencing.
~He has amazing physical, mental and emotional strength.
~He has a superb wardrobe of fashionable clothes (including some gorgeous caped coats!).
~He never leaves a man behind.  (Well, ok, with one exception.)
~He has a hilarious and wide ranging vocabulary of exclamations.
~His accent is terrific.

I also asked four of my younger sisters- who join me in being Scarlet Pimpernel fans- what, in their opinion, makes Percy the quintessential hero:

Betty Jo-
~He has thrilling, edge-of-your-seat escapes and adventures.

Billie Jo-
~His devotion to his cause.
~He won't ask anyone to do anything he wouldn't do.
~His undying love for his wife.

Bobbie Jo-
~His outstanding bravery and courage.

Butterfly Bailey Jo-
~His daring, his courage and just everything about him!


Why do you think he is the quintessential hero?


Miss Melody Muffin

3 comments:

  1. Oh, I do love Sir Percy. I enjoyed the book, and I loved both versions of the movie I saw.

    Sink me.

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  2. Sister. What don't you love about him!:)
    ButterflyBailey

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  3. Clair,
    I've seen the 1982 and the 1934 movies and loved both of them!

    Butterfly,
    Nothing. :D

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