The Question and Answer section for The Scarlet Pimpernel is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I'm sorry, this question has been asked before, and I have never been able to discover the answer. Were you given a chapter number for this question?
Marguerite and Percy seem to be completely mismatched. She's smart and witty, he's reputed to be stupid and silly. She's beautiful, he's a fop, overly concerned with clothing and nonsense.
Marguerite's friends called her "the cleverest woman in Europe".
How that stupid, dull Englishman ever came to be admitted within the intellectual circle which revolved round "the cleverest woman in Europe," as her friends unanimously called her,...