The Scarlet Pimpernel

Chpt 16: #2. Discuss why Marguerite asks Percy to help Armand and her refusal to confess her betrayal of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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Although she thinks her husband "useless" in matters of manly heroism, she does turn to her husband in desperation. She fears for her brother's life and doesn't know what else to do. When Lady Blakeney tries to confess to Percy the circumstances of her denunciation of the St. Cyr family to the tribunal, Percy is uncharacteristically cold. For the first time his mask of buffoonery drops, and we see him as a man capable of feeling and depth. Indeed, when he tells his wife that he will ensure Armand's safety, we not only believe him, but begin to suspect that he has a dual nature -- one that justifies his level of intensity.