I’d first read the book when I was ten. I can remember the very moment of beginning it, on the nubby carpet of a classroom floor, gulping down a chapter in those few minutes between classes. It wasn’t until three years later, in eighth grade, that the Anthony Andrews movie version burst into my life. It’s hard, now, to remember what my pre-Anthony Andrews vision of Sir Percy and Marguerite had been. After that, that was it: they were Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour forever after.
There have been many, many dramatizations of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Which is your favorite? Do you prefer:
— the classic: Merle Oberon and Leslie Howard in the 1934 Pimpernel?
— the over the top fun of Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour in the 1982 Pimpernel (with Ian McKellan as Chauvelin!)?
— the 1999 A&E miniseries with Richard Grant which I have to confess I’ve never seen?
— the Blackadder satire in Nob and Nobility? (“Yes, I shall certainly choose revolutionary France for my holiday again next year.”)
— or, of course, the musical? (Hello, dancing fops!)
Which Pimpernel would you choose? And are there others I’ve left out?
Because everything is more fun with a give away, one person will be chosen at random to receive a signed set of Pink Carnation comics. Winner to be announced on Wednesday!