The Scarlet Pimpernel

What is the rising action?

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The rising action is much of the novel when the Pimpernel dresses up in various disguises to smuggle French aristocracy to England. Percy Blakeney leads a dual life, kind of like Spiderman, where nobody can believe him to be the dashing vigilante. Certainly Chauvelin, the novel's chief villain, chasing around the Pimpernel adds to the rising action. Chauvelin brings the novel to a climax when he threatens to kill Lady Blakeney's brother unless she helps set up the Pimpernel to get caught.