Before Batman, before Zorro, there was The Scarlet Pimpernel! Set during the French Revolution, this fabulous English vigilante sneaks into France to save French aristocrats from Madame La Guillotine. Enjoy the tale that inspired the Mexican Zorro (Spanish for “The Fox”) and D.C.’s Batman, the Caped Crusader.

First sentence: A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate.

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