Once more Blakeney turned, and from his high altitude looked down on the choleric little man before him; but not even for a second did he seem to lose his own imperturbable good-humour. He laughed his own pleasant and inane laugh, and burying his slender, long hands into the capacious pockets of his overcoat, he said leisurely–a bloodthirsty young ruffian, Do you want to make a hole in a law-abiding man?. . .As for me, sir, I never fight duels," he added, as he placidly sat down and stretched his long, lazy legs out before him. – Sir Percy Blakeney in Baroness Orczy’s (1865-1947) The Scarlet Pimpernel
If you are looking for a good romance novel or adventure or historical fiction…I highly suggest you read The Scarlet Pimpernel. However, if you’ve seen the movie – no matter the version – please, don’t judge the book by the movie!
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