Epiphany In Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel

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In the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, the main character, Marguerite, has many epiphanies that change her life immensely. When the novel commences, Marguerite believes that her husband, Sir Percy, does not love her, and she only feels “good-humored contempt” towards him (99). By the end of the novel, Marguerite realizes that Sir Percy still loves her, and their love is rekindled. Sir Percy also has an epiphany that greatly affects his life. For most of the novel, Sir Percy kept his alter ego from Marguerite because he did not fully trust her. After Marguerite finds out the truth about his life, he has an epiphany and realizes that he should have trusted her all along. In the midst of her emotional crisis, Marguerite…show more content…
For the majority of the novel, Sir Percy hides his true self from Marguerite because he is afraid that she will not understand his missions to rescue French nobility, as she is a Republican. Percy finally reveals his true self to Marguerite at the end of the novel when he knows that he can trust her. After Marguerite rushes to France to try to save him, Sir Percy realizes that her loyalties lie with him and tells Marguerite that he “should have trusted [her] as [she] deserved to be trusted” (259). Through saying these words, Percy accepts Marguerite as his equal and acknowledges her right to know the truth. Percy then calls Marguerite “sweetheart”, which he would never have done earlier in the novel. By calling Marguerite “sweetheart”, Sir Percy signals that his love for Marguerite is real. He shows Marguerite that she can trust him and that in the future, the two will be able to love as they did before their marriage. Thus, Marguerite has an epiphany and realizes that her love life is not dead. Similarly, Sir Percy realizes that he can and should trust Marguerite. The two grow in love and rekindle their past feelings for each other. Through the events of a conversation following a ball, an office search, and an ordeal in France, Marguerite and Sir Percy from the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy come to trust and love each other once
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