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In Chapter 8, Marguerite meets the Chauvelin who has been spying on the activities of the Englishmen at the pub. He says that Marguerite must help him find the Pimpernel. She refuses, saying he is a brave and noble man, and she would never lend a hand to assist in his capture.
When the Chauvelin appears, we aren't quite sure whether he's our real villain, or simply a shadowy stand-in for a larger force. In time we'll come to see him as the villain of the book, but for now, we're still uneasy with our hierarchy of characters, with neither a clear hero nor antagonist.