The Scarlet Pimpernel

Note sir Percy's reactions as marguerite speaks to him. Jot down phrases that indicate his mixed emotion. Why dose he act this way?

Ch 16 - 20

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"His massive figure seemed, while she spoke thus to him, to stiffen still more, the strong mouth hardened, a look of relentless obstinacy crept into the habitually lazy blue eyes."


His dialogue-

“And to probe that love, you demanded that I should forfeit mine honour,” he said, whilst gradually his impassiveness seemed to leave him, his rigidity to relax; “that I should accept without murmur or question, as a dumb and submissive slave, every action of my mistress. My heart overflowing

with love and passion, I ASKED for no explanation–I WAITED for one, not doubting–only hoping. Had you spoken but one word, from you I would have accepted any explanation and believed it. But you left me without a word, beyond a bald confession of the actual horrible facts; proudly you returned to your brother’s house, and left me alone . . . for weeks . . . not knowing, now, in whom to believe, since the shrine, which contained my one illusion, lay shattered to earth at my feet.”


The Scarlet Pimpernel/ Chapter 16