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Old 01-03-2019, 12:29 PM   #110
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Originally Posted by gmw View Post
Given how often this sentiment is repeated (as you already noted, Orczy did like to make sure the reader didn't miss such things ), it is obviously intentional that we should understand that the League are not doing it to be heroic. In more modern times we have heroes striding forward into their heroic endeavour like that scene from "The Right Stuff", but I believe the style of that period (and going back quite a way) was that it was better form (more English, perhaps?) for them to be doing it for sport.
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That was my take on it too. To me, it seemed clear that Orczy herself revered that "for sport" mentality. Heroism per se seems to have been a bit too vulgar for her, in the sense of being too plebeian. Those of the right sort do the right thing for fun, it seems. Which is part of why I think the book was an apt selection - we read it not out of noble motives, but just for fun.
I guess it must have been my haphazard reading and lack of focus, but the bit I quoted from Marguerite was the only such instance I noticed; I noticed it because it seemed contrary to the essence of the Scarlet Pimpernel as a dashing, heroic figure, revered by all. My take was that Marguerite was downgrading her view of SP to fit with her foppish husband. It was as if she still thought him a fool, just a different sort of fool.

Even if I missed other such instances, I still don't like Marguerite's opinion here.

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I thought Orczy saved this by her comment about Percy's sadness and explicit evocation of anti-Semitism. Lacking that, it would have been extremely unfortunate, but as it was, it seemed reasonably accurate.
It may have been accurate, but the way it was written was extremely distasteful. As I said, I was absolutely sure that Percy was playacting, but his performance was still cringe-worthy and unacceptable.
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