The Scarlet Pimpernel

How/When did Chauvelin figure out Percy was the Scarlet Pimpernel?

I'm trying to figure out WHO knew who was the Scarlet Pimpernel and HOW they knew it. Most of it was obvious except for one character. Chauvelin!

How/when did Chauvelin figure out that Percy Blakeney was the Scarlet Pimpernel. It doesn't really specify in the book. All it says it that Marguerite got Armand's letter back. This is all getting incredibly frustrating.

Here are some of the theories in question form I have come up with:

- Did Chauvelin figured out that Percy was the Scarlet Pimpernel at Lord Grenville's ball, while Percy was sleeping in the supper room?

- Was Percy identified as the Pimpernel at the Fisherman's Rest by the two spies staying there in the second chapter?

-Did Percy stop at the Thorn and Thistle inn while Chauvelin was there? The book said Percy would have set sail from London Bridge.

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Chauvelin read in the fragment of the note that Marguerite snatched from Sir Andrew that the Pimpernel would be in the supper room at midnight. The only person there was Sir Percy, seemingly asleep. But no one else came in so finally the penny dropped and Chauvelin realised that, however, unlikely it seemed, Sir Percy was the Scarlet Pimpernel. He therefore returned Armand's incriminating letter as Marguerite had fulfilled her part of the bargain by helping him unmask the Scarlet Pimpernel.


The novel. Please note that the various films and television adaptations treat this revelation in different ways.