The Scarlet Pimpernel

Discuss why the Vicomte offers to fight a duel with Sir Percy and the result.


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As the Comtesse has insulted Lady Blakeney, the Comtesse's son emerges to challenge Percy to a duel to allow Percy to settle the score. But Lady Blakeney is so effective in her shrill mocking of the men -- both her husband and the Comtesse's son -- that the duel is avoided.