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PROMPTBOOK

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

Book and Lyrics by Nan Knighton Music by Frank Wildhom Directed and Choreographed by Robert Longbottom
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Copyright '© 1997, 1998, 1999 Nan Knighton

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CAST OF CHARACTERS

.t6Chauvelin) ,.\.,.,.,.~ to Percy) ...... ..

:SATBChorus~upids

of the Comedie Francaise, Soldiers, Prisoners, Paris

·Str.eetIv[ob, Rpyal J3;;illGuests, Six Girl Servants at.the BlakeneyEstste.

SCENES

ACT ONE SCENE ONE - Onstage Come die Francaise SCENE TWO - Backstage Come die Francaise and outside the Prison where a Guillotine is revealed, Place de la Bastille SCENE THREE - The Prison SCENE FOUR - Place de la Bastille SCENE FIVE - England, Blakeney Estate, The Wedding of Percy & Marguerite SCENE SIX - Blakeney Estate: 'The Library and Limbo as scene is"transformed to Percy's Schooner, sails billowing SCENE SEVEN - The English Channel- Abord Percy's Schooner SCENE EIGHT - Place de la Bastille SCENE NINE - Blakeney Estate: The Drawing Room
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SCENE TEN - Blakeney Estate: The Garden SCENE ELEVEN - Blakeney Estate: The Library SCENE TWELVB - England, The Royal Palace '

ACTlWO . SCENE ONE - England, Royal Palace, The Ballroom SCENE TWO - A Footbridge in the garden near the Ballroom SCENE THREE - France, The Cafe SCENE FOUR - The Prison and a Paris Street SCENE FIVE - The Hideaway [The Batcave] , SCENE SIX - The Prison SCENE SEVEN - Outside the Prison SCENE EIGHT - Interior of a rumbling Carriage SCENE NINE - A remote spot on the French Seacoast, visible are a rickety pier & rough-hewn guillotine SCENE TEN - The English Channel- Aboard Percy's Schooner

MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT ONE 1. Prologue - orchestra Storybook - Marguerite & ensemble Chauvelin's Revenge - orchestra . Madame Guillotine - Chauveline, St. Cyr & ensemble You Are My Home - Percy, Marguerite & ensemble Wedding Dance - orchestra . Wedding Exit - orchestra Prayer - Percy Morning Horn Call- orchestra Into The Fire - Percy, Armand; Ozzy, Dewhurst, Elton, Farleigh, Hal & Ben The Rescue Ballet - orchestra Falcon In The Dive - Chauvelin Scarlet Pimpernel Transition - Percy, Marie, Marguerite & girls When I Look At You - Marguerite Playoff: When I Look At You - orchestra . Reprise: When I Look At You - Percy & Marguerite Where's The Girl? - Chauvelin Exits And Entrances - orchestra You Are My Home: Garden Reprise - Marguerite & Armand The Creation of Man - Percy, Ozzy, Dewhurst, Elton, Farleigh, Hal & Ben Creation of Man: Exit - orchestra . The Riddle-Part I - Chauvelin The Riddle-Part II - orchestra The Riddle-Part III - Chauvelin, Percy, Marguerite & offstage chorus Entr'acte - orchestra .Opening Act II-The Scarlet PimpernelPercy, Marguerite & ensemble They Seek - Percy, Marguerite, Chauvelin, Elton, Farleigh, . ..Detohursi, Ozzy, Prince of Wales & ensemble Ouilles Gavotte - orchestra She Was There - Percy Tag: She Was There - Percy Bistro Reprise: Storybook - Marguerite & ensemble "Into The Prison - orchestra Reprise: Where Is The Girl- Chauvelin Into The Batcave - orchestra Street Drums - orchestra Reprise: Into The Fire - The Bounders: Ozzy, Dewhurst, Parleigh, Elton, Hal, & Ben I'll Forget You - Marguerite & ensemble Chauvelin/s Ruse - orchestra InThe Coach - orchestra wloffstage chorus Chauvelin In Miquelon - orchestra The Duel- orchestra 'J.'he Death of Percy - orchestra Return ofPercy - orchestra Finale/Reprise: When I Look At You - Marguerite, Percy & offstage chorus Bows/Reprise: Into The Fire - ensemble: Percy & Company . .Exit Music - orchestra

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PROLOGUE

(orchestra)

SCENE ONE
Onstage Comedie Francaise
(MARGUERITE, a/one in

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spot sings) (Marguerite & ensemble)

STORYBOOK
(Marguerite)

LISTEN TO ME. I HAVE BEAUTIFUL D.REAMS I CAN SPIN YOU, DREAMS TO LINGER WITHIN YOU. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND WE'LL RIDE MY CAROUSEL. I'LL SING YOU STORIES OF LOVERS WHOSE LOVE USED TO FILL ME, AND THE LOVERS WHO WILL BE. FOR, YOU SEE, LOVE IS ONE THING I DO WELL. COME, LET'S BELIEVE LOVE-CAN BE JUST AS SWEET AS IT SEEMS. LET'S LIVE ON DREAMS.

(A stage set appears as MARGUERITE is joined by a chorus of


Cupids.) IN MY DREAMS, SUCH BEAUTIFUL LOVERS HAVE FOUND ME. STORYB~OOK LOVERS SURROUND ME. NOTHING IS REAL, BUT I'M FLYING, SIGHING: WHERE, WHERE, WHERE IS MY STORYBOOK ENDING? WHY DOES MY GOLDEN PRETENDING LEAVE ME WITH NOTHING TO HOLD ....BUT MY DREAMS? CUPIDS: OH, IS IT ONLY IN DREAMS THAT WE FIND OUR IDEAL LOVE? ARE THERE LOVERS WITH REAL LOVE? IF YOU KNOW HOW TO FEEL LOVE, SHOW ME HOW AH, BUT MY PRINCE, IF YOU CANT BE AS SWEET AS YOU SEEM, I'D RATHER DREAM! COME AND WAKE ME! COME BE THE LOVE I CAN HOLD NOW. STORYBOOK LOVE LEAVES ME COLD NOW. SHOW ME THE WAY TO STOP DREAMING! THERE IS ONLY ONE PERFECT STORYBOOK ENDING. THAT IS THE END OF PRETENDING. THAT IS THE MOMENT I SAY: LOVE ME NOW! (MARGUERITE
OH...FIND OUR IDEAL LOVE LOVERS WITH REAL LOVE IF YOU CAN FEEL LOVE, SHOW ME HOW

MEN:
La, La, La etc.

eootesses

the audience.)

MARGUERITE

CUPIDS
ET SUR MON MANEGE, L'AMOUR TOUJOURS EST CHANTANT. DE MES REVES, C'EST LE COMMENCEMENT. ET J'ESPERE UNE FIN HEUREUSE. MAIS LA FIN DE L'HISTOIRE NE VIENT PAS TRES DOUCEMENT. POUR L'HISTOIRE IL FAUT FAIRE SEMBLANT. CERTES JE N'EMBRASSE QUE MES REVES, SEULS MES REVES!

. Mes amis- Thank you for sharing with me my last performance .at The Comedie Francaise. And thank you to Citizen Chauvetin, who has so graciously allowed our theatre to reinainopenthis spring. But now, I share with you my own storybook..ending. Six weeks ago! met a tall and handsome "prince," and tonight he sweeps me away to England to be married. Sir Percival Blakeney! He is handsome, yes? Oh, I shall miss you all verY much, but lnrny heart, how could I ever leave Paris? (MARGUERITE.resul1Jes

singing_.)

MARGUERITE & CUPIDS: ET SURMON MANEGE, L'AMOURTOUJOURSEST CHANTANT. DE MES REVES, CtEST LE COMMENCEMENT. . ET J'ESPERE UNE FIN HEUREUSE. MAIS LAflN DE L'HISTOIRE NE VIENT PAS TRES DOUCEMENT, POUR L'HISTOIRE IL FAUTFAIRE SEMBLANT. CERTES JE N'EMBRASSE QUE MES REVES, SEULS MES REVES!
CHAUVELIN'S REVENGE (orchestra)

(GHA.UVEL1N~nters with·his,aidesjMERGIER and COUPEAU. • More soldiers enter as CHAUVELIN addresses the audience.)

CHAUVELIN
Citizens! By order of The Reyolutionary Tribunal, this theatre is now declared closed due to exhibition of sentiments recalling The Old regime and non- . compliance with Republican ideals, closure effective as of this moment. (The dancers exit slowly in confusion. GHAUVELIN.) MARGUERITE crosses to

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SCENE TWO
Backstage Comedie Francaise

MARGUERITE How could you do this? Order of Citizen Robespierre.

CHAUVELIN

MARGUERITE Before the end of a performance! And on my last night. Ah, well, you see, I did not know this was to be'your last night, Marguerite. You failed to inform me of your impending ..nuptials. MARGUERITE You knew perfectly weill planned to marry.

CHAUVELIN

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CHAUVELIN

But this soon, my dear? And, quite frankly, I never thought you'd be one to turn your back on your homeland. May I offer my congratulations and inquire if you indeed . have approved papers to leave France? MARGUERITE Stop it, Chauvelin.
(MARIE enters, followed by ARMAND.)

I believe you and I also have a piece of.... unfinished business? MARGUERITE Marie- .. could you tell my brother I will be with him shortly? Wasn't there something you were going to deliver me, lest I throw a wrench into this sudden romance of yours? MARGUERITE Wait here.
(MARGUERITE exits.)

CHAUVELIN

'CHAUVELIN

4 . MARIE· ..····Arrnand-keep an eye on your sister tonight. (TUSSAUD eniers.) TUSSAUD . '~:arie- they've closed the theatre? COUPEAU EfI:ec1tlVe immediately. Please vacate the building. MARIE "vacate" ... when I am ready. TUSSAUD

MERCIER Your name and position.

MARIE 1·'III"Ii81TIeMarie Grosholtz.1 am an artist. I.design costumes and scenery for this is . , which should not be closed. (PERCY enters, overhears the following.) TUSSAUD I'll take you homeCOUPEAU pf the Revolutionary TribunalMARIE

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PERCY ·Uh-Monsieur Soldier ..Citizeh? Yes, I see you're about to arrest this an, as well you should. Most obstreperous creature. However, I feel it ·is a, uh, citizen ..ofthe .. world .. to urge you this way instead. Well, the f/ag. You didn't see them? Five or six ruffians out there. in the alley, burning and .... pon that beautiful new Republican flag! You saw them, too, didn't you, u

ARMAND Yes, I did! 7 or 8 of them! Big huge men!

MERCIER Citizen Chauvelln! Subversives in the alleyway! .


(On a signal from CHA VUELlN~ MERCIER, COUPEAU and the soldiers exit. ARMAND follows.) .

PERCY On with you then! Save that flag! Le jour de gloire and all that! TUSSAUD Kind, sir- I have the misfortune to love an outspoken woman in outlandish times. PERCY Then you and I have much in common. But I assure you, sir, there's no fire. You . must leave quickly - before they return. TUSSAUD We than~ you for your help. Come, Marie.
(MARIE and TUSSAUD exit, followed by PERCY as MARGUERITE enters carrying a sealed note.)

MARGUERITE . ;. Chauvelin- you promise me the Marquis and his family will only be deported? No harm will come to them? CHAUVELIN No.
(MARGUERITE hands the note to CHAUVELIN.)

MARGUERITE I wish .... never to see you again. CHAUVELIN Alas, I cannot return your sentiments, as I do ... wish to see you again.
(ARMAND enters.)

ARMAND Marguerite- Percy's hired us a lovely carriage and the bags are all packed.
(Percy enters.}

. PERCY Now perhaps you should change costumes, m'dear? Well, you could travel like that, but it might distract the horses.

MARGUERITE Percy, this- .. is Citizen Chauvelin. My fiance, Percival Blakeney.

(Music out.)

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PERCY citizen. Yes, demme, you're all citizens these days, aren't you. Fascinatin',

GHAUVELIN more fascinating that you have so quickly managed to persuade lie St. Just and her brother to forsake their homeland. No doubt it is for them to leave while cries for freedom still fill the French air. PERCY more painful to stay while innocent blood still fills the French gutters. (PERCY, MARGUERITE, and ARMAND exit, leaving CHAUVELIN alone, as the scene changes around him.)

MADAMEGUllLOTINE

(Chauvelin, St.Cyr & ensemble)

I KNOW THE GUTTER AND I KNOW THE STINK OF THE STREET. KICKED LIKE A DQG, IHAVE SP~T OUT THE BILEOF.DEFEAT. ALL YOU BEAUTIES WHO TOWERED ABOVE ME, YOU WHO GAVE ME "FH6SMACK OFYOUR RODNOW I.GIVE YOU"THE GUTTER, I GIVE YOU THE JUDGEMENT OF GOD! (A guillotine is revealed.) VENGEANCE VICTORIOUS! THESEARE THE GLORIOUS DAYS! WOMEN OF PARIS, COME GATHER YOljH BLOODY BQUQUETS . . NOW·GAZE ON OUR GODDESS OF JUSTICE WITH HER SHIMMERING, GLIMMERING BLADE. AS' SHE KISSES THESE TRAITORS, . ; SHE;SINGS THEM A LAST SERENADE! (Prisoners are revealed being led from the prison through the mob.)

SCENE THREE
The Prison Chauv:

SING! SWING! SAVOR THE STING AS SHE SEVERS YOU- MADAME GUILLOTINE! SLICE! COME, PAAAU1SE! YOU'LL BE SMITTEN WITH MADAME GUILLOTINE!
(One of the prisoners spits at CHAUVELIN.)

THE WORLD MAY BE UGLY, BUT EACH MAN MUST DO WHAT HE MUST. GIVE IN, PRETTY DEARIN A YEAR YOU WILL BE PRETIY DUST.
Chauv:

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NOW COME LET OUR ~DY POSSESS YOU iN HER BREATH-TAKING, HAIR-RAZING BED. SHE WILL TINGLE YOUR SPINE AS SHE CAPTURES YOUR HEART AND YOUR HEAD!
(Soldiers push back a mob as the prisoners are led up to the guillotine.)

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SCENE FOUR
Place de la Bastille
SWING! SWING! SAVOR THE STING AS SHE SERVES YOU,MADAME GUILLOTINE! SLICE! COME, PARADISE! OUR DELILAH WILL SHAVE YOU RAZOR CLEAN! SWING! SAVOR THE STING AS SHE SERVES YOU, MADAME GUILLOTINE, MADAME GUILLOTINE, MADAME GUILLOTINE. .(As his hands are tied, one prisoner, ST. CYR sings.) . ST.GYR: .GOD, WHEN DID MAN LOSE HIS REASON? SAVE US, MY GOD, IF YOU'RE THERE! GOD, CAN YOU NOT FEELTHE TERROR LIKE AFIREINTHE AIR?! (ST. CYR'S head-is placed in the yoke~) FLASH! SLASH!GLlSTENAND GASH! SHE WILL :RAVISH YOU, MADAME GUILLOTINE! SPUT!MADAME JUST BIT! . GIVE HER MQR.E TOBITE! SHE'S A HUNGRY QUEEN! SING! SAVOR THE STING AS SHE SEVERS YOU, MADAME GUILLOTINE! SLICE! COME, PARADISE! HAIL HER MAJESTY! MADAME GUILLOTINE! (The guillotine blade- falls. Blackout. Applause, music segues.)_ Chauvelin: NOW! BLOW BY BLOW WE DEFY YOU! FEEL THE GLOW!

HEAR THE CRY! HEARTS WILL HOWL! BLOOD WILL FLOW!

SCENE FIVE
England,· Blakeney Estate The Wedding of Percy & Marguerite

(PERCY and MARGUERITE enter from opPosite sides of the stage, joining at center.)
YOU ARE MY HOME
Percy: (Percy, Marguerite & ensemble)

FROM THIS DAY ON; I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU. HERE IN MY ARMS, YOU WILL BE FREE I ONLY W~T YOU AS YOU ARE. GIVE ME YOUR TRUST. GROW OLD WITH ME. I PROMISE YOU TO CHERISH AND TO HOLD, NOW, AND AS LONG AS WE BOTH LIVE, I'LL MAKE YOU LAUGH, I'LL KEEP YOU WARM. THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO GIVE.
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YOU ARE MY HOME. YOU MAKE ME STRONG .. AND IN THIS WORLD OF STRANGERS, I BELONG TO SOMEONE. YOU ARE ALL I KNOW. YOU'RE ALL I HAVE I WON'T LET GO. MAY GOD ABOVE SHINE THROUGH THIS LOVE TO MAKE US MAN AND WIFE! THIS IS WHAT I'VE WANTED ALL MY LIFE!

Percy:

. Both:

(The wedding guests enter.)


Marg: Both: YOU ARE MY HOME! YOU MAKEME STRONG! AND IN THIS WORLD OF STRANGERS, I BELONG TO SOMEONE! YOU ARIF ALL I KNOW! YOU'RE ALL I HAVE. I NEED YOU SO. I WON'T LET GO. YOU AR~ ... MY HOME.
(PERCY and MARGUERITE kiss.) Chorus: Aah ...

No. 4a
Welcome

WEDDING DANCE
PERCY to England, darling. Any questions?

(orchestra)

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MARGUERITE ,'".,,"1,'-:"" In..- In England, Percy- when do the wedding guests leave the bride and , om... alone?
(After a beat, PERCY whirls about to the guests.)

PERCY to go! Tally-ho! Home, everyone! Bedtime for all!

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bloody likely, m'lad. Not before we've danced with the bride! PERCY so you shall, but if you think I'll relinquish my French jewel this quickly, you're mad!
(PERCY and MARGUERITE begin to dance.)

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PERCY I hope you like our English style of dancing.

, MARGUERITE , Percy- yes, but perhaps later tonight I shall teach you how we ..dance. , PERCY :",tonight, we shall not...be dancing.
(EL TON cuts in to dance with MARGUERITE.)

PERCY then, Elton- you may borrow her for all of five minutes. But mind you upon her feet! She's made of crystal, my wife.
'(DEWHURST enters.)

PERCY I do love the sound of that: my wife. DEWHURST PERCY DEWHURST just returned from Paris. I must speak with you. Now.

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PERCY Yes, I know, but- But my God, Dewhurst- how did Chauvelin find him? I arranged the safe passage out. DEWHURST Percy, someone betrayed St. Cyr. Delivered to Citizen Chauvelin a note with the exact whereabouts of his hideaway.
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PERCY Impossible. No one knew but you and Ozzy and myself, and I suppose Marguerite knew. I'd trust you and Ozzy with my life, and Marguerite- ... Don't be absurd. Marguerife feels nothing but disgust for this new French regime. DEWHURST Percy, how well do you know your wife? In six weeks time, how well could any man know a woman? PERCY I know her as I know my own heart .. (DEWHURST takes a note from his pocket. It is the note Marguerite gave Chauvelin at the Comedie Francaise.) DEWHURST Then lay your eyes upon this. A note from your wife to Chauvelin. I was able to obtain it just before I left. I believe that is her hand.

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PERCY .And'her seaL. Dewhurst- go into my library. Write across this note: "Thank you .' r.help." Write it in Frel"!ch-and sign it with Chauvelin's name. Then have the .,., ~., deliver it to my wife. Please. Dear friend. Do as I ask. You suggest my wife is ........ _' ..' Y·)·!::ii·:rlp.n(~n .. F •• spy..When.she disavows this note, you'll see how wrong you are.. won't
(DEWHURST exits as MARGUERITE

begins to dance with OZZY.)

MARGUERITE come dance with us! PERCY

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stuff, Lady Blakeney! Why would you want him when you've got me?
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MARGUERITE with some disease, Sir Osbert.. Fori do so deeply ... want him.

Ozz:.r
IJ:)OVCC)CK.·

Let's hope by tomorrow you've come to your senses.


(All the wedding guests dance. As the dance ends, DEWHURSTreenters and JESSUP, the butler, enters and hands the note to MARGUERITE)

JESSUP ..Iadyship. Time to go then! This is no .doubtanote from the impatient groom: "Do with these pesky guests now, my angel- the night awaits us!"
(MARGUERITE reads the note, then places it in her bodice.),

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MARGUERITE a note from an old friend. Wishing me well on my marriage. ARMAND MARGUERITE PERCY

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OZZf
We, too, wish you well on your marriage, my dear. All the joy and blessings you both deserve, what? Goodnight, Percy! . No. 4b
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WEDDING EXIT

(orchestra)

GUESTS . Beautiful weddingl Welcome to England, Lady Blakeney. A lovely day! All the best, Percy. Goodnight, Armand! etc. .

(The wedding guests exit leaving PERCY and MARGUERITE alone.) . ,


MARGUERITE Percy? Are you unwell? PERCY No. Simply .. tired. All that... dancing, I suspect. MARGUERITE Oh but..- you are angry with me? I'm sorry, Percy. I thought it would please you that I dance with your friends- but no, J .should not have carried on so when they hardly know me, What must they think? .
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PERCY No, no, m'dear. Sink me, I think you've won all their hearts. You are ...such a demned remarkable .. actress. . MARGUERITE But 1-wasn't acting, Percy. I was only happy. Oh, Percy do smile at me. Don't be the formidable Englishman. Why- you look just as you did on the night we met. . PERCY Yes. Such a... short time ago. And you pegged me as a silly ass on the spot. N'est ce pas? MARGUERITE . . No, Percy, 1-..1only tease you sometimes for being English- You know how we laugh ... you and I.... I think, we are both perhaps a bit tired and ...not quite ourselves? Shall we go ... inside, then? PERCY Indeed- just the thing. Gad, you must be simply exhausted, twirlin' about in that costume all day. Yes, you go to bed now. MARGUERITE Yes, all right, but- ...You will join me soon, Percy? We have been waiting all this spring .. for tonight.

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.PERCY
I'll take the air for awhile, m'dear. But you go on. All things in good time,

(Confused, MARGUERITE exits, leaving PERCY alone onstage.)

PRAYER
NO-STAY ...

(Percy)

I DON'T CARE WHATYOUVE SAID OR DONE. DONTGOAWAY, . NOT NOWWHE~ LLFEHASJUST BEGUN. COMEBACK! AND BE THE WOMAN WHO I KNEW. HELP ME TO BELlEVE IN YOU. WHAT ON EARTH AM I TO DO? SHE'S GONE, THIS VISION WHO WAS NOT QUITE REAL. I MUST MOVE ON, DESPITE THE PAIN. THE PAINWILL HEAL. OHLORD, HOWGOULD YOU LET ME LOVE LIKE THIS? NO ONE DIES UPON A KISS, . AND ONLY FOOLS BELIEVE .IN BLISS. OH YES! GOD KNOWS, IAMAFOOL, A MAN DELUDED-BY HIS WIFE, A FIGURE RIPE FOR RIDICULE, WHO'$ UVEO AVAlN AND USELESS LIFE. SO BE,ITTHEN!I'LLPLAYTHATGAM.E! I DO NOT GIVE A TINKER'S DAMN! I'LL BE AFOOL- IT'S ALL THE SAME. rrTRULYDOESN'TMATIERWHATIAM!

. I'M BROKEN, BUT I'M STILL ALJVE.


ANDSLOW-L Y, lyVlLLFaMY SOUL REVIVE. WITH TIME, I'LL FIND A WAY TO RIGHT THIS WRONG- .' IFIT TAJq:S MY WHOLE LIFE LONG •.. ~ORD,I'LL.FLGHT MY BATTLES ALL ALONE, BUT MAKE ME STRONG... .
(The scene is transformed to Percy's library.)

GOD, NO!

MORNING HORN CALL

(orchestra)

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SCENE SIX
Blakeney Estate: The Library [and Limbo-th~n, Percy's Schooner, sails billowing]. (PERCY sits, asleep in his chair, as JESSUP enters, followed by six men: DEWHURST, OZZY, ELTON, FARLEEIGH, HAL AND BEN.) But, Jessup- it's our tradition! and play cricket with the boys! ELTON The rnornlnq after, the groom must leave the bride

JESSUP Yes, but in this case the groom's been up all night. OZXf He's been up all night? Well- I should hope so! (JESSUP exits.) BEN But - he's still in his wedding clothes. Percy - what happened? .. ~ FARLEIGH I suspect, Gentlemen, it's more a case of what did not happen. DEWHURST Leave him alone. PERCY . No. Please. Don't leave me alone. Rather, tell me, lads, what should we do when the world turns upside down? OZXf Play cricket? ELTON Methinks he is not amused. PERCY What ... should we do when OUr.dearfriend, the Marquis de St. Cyr, is betrayed and butchered in France? When hundreds are massacred every day? DEWHURST· Percy, this may not be the time.

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PERCY ,;";T'~on,i'\Alt'An is the time? Do you hear me? Neighbor denounces neighbor- oh, and ... ;N:~~~)ii~,;';""Qr just aristocrats, but teachers, priests, poets! Off go the heads - blood : "',,,,', the stones of the streets! I tell you they've gone insane, and I ask you: what "" rld we do? BEN PERCY "good. Hal- take this down: "Dear Robespierre, we in England are simply """"r'~"',T. Please stop chopping off all those heads. And then we'll say: "Best ," etc., etc.- Think that should do it, boys? ALL OTHERS the job! Capital! Here, here! (etc.) PERCY more letters! No more civilized, half-hearted attempts to help a friend- This , a French war anymore- it's a war against... humanity! And I for one am no content to sit back. an my pampered British ass and do nothing. Now I say Q',;nr:r", them. BEN say "fight"? As in fight the French? FARLEIGH Can't just rush in. Gad, we've no training, no preparationELTON Farleigh, we're accompfished men, all of us, with training inFARLEIGH ELTON And French. Philosophy. Military history. FARLEIGH and the Fine Arts. Marvellous. We'll out-think the French. PERCY, is precisely what I had in mind. We use our heads. Think you can

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Ozzy?

,simply want to keep my head, I do.

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PERCY . Ruses, boys. Tricks and games. Outwit the bastards. Use diversions- And disguise! We'll blend right into the French, dressed as God knows what- travelling merchants, peddlars, cripplesHAL Gypsies! Cossacks! FARLEIGH Do stay calm. PERCY While at home, we would appear the least likely of heroes, la creme de la creme of fancy fops. Gad, boys, what do people think of us noW? Useless dilletantes, what? Good! For no one must suspect us. FARLE'IGH Well, perhaps they think of you as a fop, Percy. As for me'PERCY Oh, rot, Farleigh- the last thing I heard you rage about was a crimp in your collar! It was a dreadful collar! PERCY Splendid- Rage on! Don't you see, boys? We take what we are and go one step further, exaggerate ourselves into that breed of ninnies for whom injustice is a tough slice of mutton! Hal- what makes your blood boil? HAL. Why, the French, Percy, this s/aughferPERCY No, no! What makes your blood boil is a cold cup of tea! Follow? Elton, when they ask you where you've been the last two days, what shall you say? ELTON Why- off netting butterflies! PERCY Bravo! ELTON I~ off netting butterflies.
(Abruptly ARMAND enters, rushing forward.)

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FARLEIGH

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ARMAND
'Percy -Let me go with you.

(PERCY and the MEN attempt to cover)


Been ...pacing the hallways, have you? DEWHURST WelL.it's this beastly weather.

PERCY

Cramp in the leg, mayhap?

PERCY
yes, brings on the gout! Makes a fella twitchy, restless. BEN

ELTON

ALL BUT ARMAND humidl Zooks, makes the muscles ache, it do! Gad, sticky, sticky! etc.

PERCY
ARMAND ,I've heard everything you've said.

(A beat. PERCY drops out offop-mode.)

PERCY
ARMAND dear brother-in-law, I stand beside you. ltls my country that has lost its . . ··'1 shall fight this evil with you!

PERCY
ARMAND riding. know nothing of this. Do you understand? ..For her own safety. And it is ::an:~li''''';C:i+'':.'''''''' judgement to involve you at all, boy. '

PERCY

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DEWHURST Well, he is French, Percy. Should we embark on this lunacy, Armand could be quite helpful., HAL Yes! He'll speak the French for us. PERCY Are you mad? We must all speak perfect French! O'ZZY Oh, Lud- S'iI vous plait..- how does one say, "Please, may I keep my bloomin' head?" ARMAND Please, Percy. I will be strong and loyal. PERCY All right, yes, but if you ever breathe one word of this to your sister, I'll flail you within an inch of your life. ARMAND I won't. I swear it.
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PERCY All of you! Not a word to anyone- not to friends or valets, wives or sisters. DEWHURST And the Prince? PERCY No. This must not become a French-English war. This is our own private war. DEWHURST Well then, Percy- When do we start? PERCY We start right now. And may God be with us. ELTON Now, Percy? Well, but.. November is a much better time for me .. (The MEN gather around Percy's chair as he opens his ring, and stamps down into sealing wax on paper.) PERCY Be prepared to sail to France within the week. I shall communicate with you by sealed note only. Each note will bear this stamp.·

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. HAL PERCY
.··~~lrnl

crest. The Scarlet Pimpernel. ·Never acton any instructions unless they the seal of the Scarlet Pimpernel. OZZ'(

PERCY
better. Secrecy needs limits. OZZ'(

FARLEIGH
I welcom~ ta~ing some .. action as much as anyone, but-

PERCY
do you think I suggest this-as simply·;amorEfthriUin' alternative to cricket?! ... ,""'"'.,........ join me,you.put}'olUr·;Ji§~~\'~6n:;theline,every OAe of you! We of us afraid. But, my friends, if we donotdothis, who will? «Petcy,,~rm~Q9,

.OzZ;Y(.,R~\V~.ur§t!~·~ltQq, Farl,eigh,

'INTO

:)::"<::.': ~,:?{..,'-.,(

THE,;FIRE.

Hal&.Ben).

DAVID WALKED INTO THEVALl:EY WITHA·S;rONECLUfChlED IN~HISHAND. HE WAS .aNL Y A BOY, BUT HE KNEW SOMEONEMUSTTAKEA STAND. THERE WILL ALWAYS BEAVAlLEY, "ALWAYS MOUNTAINS ONE MUST SCALE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BEPERllOUSVVATERS WHICH SOMEONE MUSTSAIL! INTOVALLEYS, INTO WATERS, INTO JUNGLES, INTO HELL! .LETUS RIDE, LET USRIIDE;HQME AGAIN WITH A STORY TO TELL! INTO DARKNESS, INTO DANGER, INWO STORMS THAT RIPTHENIGHT! DON'T GIVE IN, DON'T GIVE UP, . BUT GIVE THANKS FOR THE GLORIOUS FIGHT!

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Percy:

YOU CAN TREMBLE, YOU CAN FEAR IT, BUT KEEP YOURFLGHTlN.G SPlRlT ALIVE, BOYS! LET THE SHIVER OF IT ST~NGYOU! FLING INTO BATTLE! SPRING TO YOUR FEEI, .EiQYSt NEVER HOLD BACK YOUR STEP FOR A MOMENT! NEVER DOUBT THAT YOUR COURAGE WILL GROW! HOLD YOUR HEAD EVEN HIGHER AND INTO THE FIRE.WE GO!
(Music continues under as the MEN throw off their waistcoats, grab props and costume pieces, practice dueling with swords and a butterfly net. Gradually the library flies - they are in limbo.) .

Percy:

ARE THERE MOUNTAINS THAT SURROUND US? ARE THERE WALLS THAT BLOCK THE WAY? KNOCK 'EM DOWN, STRIP 'EM BACK, BOYS, AND FORWARD, AND INTO THE FRAY! INTO TERROR, INTO VALOR, CHARGE AHEAD- NO, NEVER TURN! YES, ITS JNTO THE FIRE WE FLY AND THI= DEVIL WILL BURN!
(The scene is transformed to Percy's Schooner, which the MEN now board,sail billowing behind them.)

All:

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SCENE SEVEN
The English Channel-Aboard
All:

Percy's Schooner

Percy: All:

SOMEONE HAS TO FACE THE VALLEY! RUSH IN! WE HAVE TO RALLY AND WIN, BOYS! WHEN THE WORLD IS SAYING NOTTO, BY GOD, YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOTTO MARCH ON, BOYS! NEVERHOLDBACKYOUR STEP FORA MOMENT! NEVERDOUBT THATYOUR COURAGE WILL GROW! HOLD YbUR HEAD EVEN HIGHER AND INTO THE FIRE WE GO!

(Lightning flashes.)
Percy: LET THE LIGHTNING STRIKE!. LET THE FLASH OF IT SHOCK YOU!
.

(Lightning flashes again.)


DEWHURST Ready about! Heave to! Percy: CHOKE YOURFEARS AWAYPULL AS TIGHT AS AWIRE. FARLEIGH Stand by to reef topsails! Percy: .. LET THE FEVER SPIKE! LET THE FORCE OF IT ROCK YOU! ELTON

I just wett: to net butterflies!


Percy:

WE WILL

HAVE OUR DAY, SAILING INTO THEFIRE! HAL

Land hoI PERCY This is it!

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(Lightnir,g flashes and THUNDER rumbles as the MEN tum to put on their disguises. When they whirl about in unison, they have . been transformed into a motley group of French townspeople.) SOMEONE HAS TO FACE THE VALLEY! RUSH IN! WE HAVE TO RALLY AND..WIN, BOYS! WHEN THE WORLD IS SAYING NOTTO, BY GOD, YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOTTO MARCH ON. BOYS! . NEVER HOLD BACK YOUR STEP FOR A MOMENT! LOOK ALIVE! OH, YOUR COURAGE WILL GROW! YES, IT'S HIGHER AND HIGHER AND INTO THE FIRE WE GO INTO FIRE ONWARD HOI
(As the number ends, the scene is transformed from Percy's schooner to the Place de la Bastille .... When the applause crests, the music segues.)

All:

Percy:
All:

Men: Percy:
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SCENE EIGHT
Place de la Bastille
THE RESCUE BALLET (orchestra)

(Soldiers attempt to hold back an angry mob MARIE and other prisoners are pulledonstage. Through a series of choreographed vignettes, PERCY and his MEN rescue the prisoners. During the course of this "Keystone K9ps"ballet, PERCY, dressed as GRAPPIN, plants a "Pimperriel"note on the guillotine. At close, only MERCIER and COUPEAU remain onstage, bound together at the base of the guillotine as PERCY (GRAPPIN) stands casually to the side) (CHAUVELIN enters, untying MERCIER and COUPEAU.) CHAUVELIN You utter, total, brainless, bungling, rattle-headed, ente,.s.) ROBESPIERRE Citizen Chauvelin. CHAUVELIN Citizen Robespierre. ROBESPIERRE , Have we perhaps had another incident? Five weeks Five weeks now, Ghauvelin, we sit like lame idiots as this Englishman taunts us! CHAUVELIN My-soldiers were ...abducted! ROBES PIERRE But of course. Just as last week. we had a flash fire. And the week before, Chauvelin- What was that particular diversion ... Hmmm?! CHAUVELIN The gee~e. ROBESPIERRE Oh, yes- the geese. That was thrilling, wasn't lt?: All over the square, nipping, pecking and squawking- How many geese did you catch?

as

You idiot soldiers!

halfwit-

(ROBESPIERRE

and

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123!
ROBESPIERRE Good for you. GRAPPIN old goosewoman, ROBESPIERRE Did they?! CHAUVELIN She vanished into thin air! ROBESPIERRE And who vanished last month? A wet, foggy-night and 30 prisoners escaped when our jailers ran away from- ..? ' MERCIER A ghost. It was the ghosL .. of Julius Caesar. ROBESPIERRE Ju.li,!~ ...Caesar? COUPEAU It spoke Latin! ROBESPIERRE Ah. Chauvelin? Do be so good as to .. veni-vidi-vici your way up to the guillotine, and retrieve that slip of paper. Couldn't be the mark of The Scarlet Pimpernel, could it? (CHAUVELIN takes the "Pimpernel" note from the guillotine.) .

But no one ever caught that "blind'

did they?

GRAPPIN But of course. A plain piece of parchment engraved with one red flower. CHAUVELIN Your name, Citizen? ROBESPIERRE Yes. Your name? GRAPPIN

I'll handle this, Chauvelin. Grappin.

ROBESPIERRE Papers?

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GRAPP~N I am the J3elgian. . ROBESPIERRE You? You are the Belgian spy? Yes, of course - Grappin. I received a message from my sources just last week, recommending a new Belgian operative- Yes ... I . hear, Grappin, that you are a man who understands the use of teiror '" in defense of virtue. CHAUVELIN So. You know about. this Pimpernel? And what do you say to all this? GRAPPIN Your men are fools. ROBESPIERRE Citizen, come to my office. Now. (GRAPPIN exits.) ROBES PIERRE . That- Chauvelin- is the man with whom you will henceforth work hand in hand. Is that understood?
I

!will

CHAUVELIN catch this Scarlet Pimpernel!

ROBESPIERRE You will? Oh, good. A far better choice than living out your days in prison, wondering how one man could outwit the entire French army! (ROBESPIERRE exits.)

FALCON IN THE DIVE


(Chauvelln)
. HUNT FOR THE MAN! . COMB THE CITY! EV'RY STREET! EVRY GRATE! SET AGUARDATEVRYGATE!' [)RAG HIM OUT! SHOUT THE MOMENT THAT YOU FIND HIM! Damn! (MERCIER exits.)

(Chauvelin)

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KNOCK ~ THEDOORS! LOCK UP THE CITY! TRACK HIM DOWNl SEARCH THE TOWN! AND BE QUlCKABOUT m NOW!
(COUPEAU exits.)

HOW THE DEVIL DO I EVER PREVAIL WHEN I'M ONLY A MAN? BUT I'LL NEVER BE DUPED BY THIS SCURRILOUS PHANTOM AGAIN ... I WASN'T BORN TO WALK ON WATER. I WASN'T BORN T-O SACK AND SLAUGHTER. BUT ON MY SOUL, I WASN'T BORN TO STOOP TO SCORN..AND KNUCKLE UNDER. A MAN CAN LEARN TO STEAL HIS THUNDER. A MAN CAN LEARN TO WORK SOME WONDER. AND WHEN THE-GAUN'fL=eT'SOOWN, IT'S TIME TO RISE AND CLIMB THE SKY- . ~ AND SOON THE MOON WILL SMOLDER AND THE WINDS WILLDRlV-E. YES, A MAN GROWS OLDER, __ -BUT.,HlS S.OUL REMAINS ALIV.E-. , ALL THOSE TREMULOUS STARS STILL GLITTER. AND rWILL SURVIVE. LET MY JiEARTGROW·eot'D"ER AND AS ijlTTER AS A FALCON IN THE DIVE.
(Soldiers enter marching in formation.)

THERE WAS A DREAM- A DYING EMBERTHERE WASAD~ LDO~T REMEMBER .. BUT I WILL RESURRECT THAT DREAM, THOUGH RIVERS STREAM AND HILLS GROW STEEPER FOR HERE IN HELL, WHERE LIFE GETS CHEAPEROHI HE~tN-HEl:l:, lHEBlOEID RUNS DEEPER. AND WHEN THE FINAL DUEL IS NEAR, I'LL LIFT MY SPEAR AND FLY-

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PIERCING INTO THE SKY, AND HIGHER! AND THE.&TRONG WLLLIHRlVEl YES, THE WEAK WILL COWER, WHILE THE FITTEST WlLL SURV1V.E1' IFWE WAIT FOR THE DARKEST HOUR TILWE ~PRING ALIVE, THEN .WITH CLAWS OF FIRE, WE DEVOUR LIKE A FALCON IN THE DIVE. CHAUVELIN §r~ppiI11Where is this Belgian - I want him now or(GRAPPIN enters.) GRAPPIN CHAUVELlN, ,pet to England. We're sure this Pimpernel 'is,British aristocracy- with connections tbthe Prince of Wales. Work your way into that circle of men, but begin with a wpman- fi French woman- the actres$Marguerite,St.JtJstShei~nowLpc:1Y @'l~!Rerley,~nd undo~btedlymove$within this"sameeil\gle; Shern~Yi'beofuse .:to us. ,,/89.llpw,her. Follow them all! Find out who is the ScarlelPimpernei! ' " ' , (GRAPPIN 'exits.) THESE ARE THE DAYS! YES! DAYS OF GLORY! DAYS OF -RAGE I AND THI;...OREAM~ AND THE DREAM OF PARIS PREYS ON MY BONES,. GNAWING NIGHT AND DAYGLAWING THROUGH MY BRAIN ANDNO! NEVER KNEEL! NEYERBEND! ~J;NO HIM TO BITS!

~I:rl;l'

NQWTHE BEAUTY OF THEFIGH,-' (Th~ soldiers exit.)

'

".",

GO!

ro

I /lM NOT A MAN TO HUNGER FOR BLOOD, BUT THE SPIRIT CAN CRY BE YOUNGER AND FIERCER AND FLY-

PIERCING INTO THE SKY, AND HIGHER! AND THE-STRONG. WlLL THRiVE! YES, THE WEAK WILL COWER, WHILE THE FllTEST WILL SURVIVE! IF WE WAIT FOR THE DARKEST HOUR TIL WE SPRING ALIVE, THEN WITH CLAWS OF FIRE, WE DEVOUR LIKE A FALCON IN THE DIVE! (Fade to Black-music segues on applause.)

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SCENE NINE
Blakeney t=state: The Drawing Room SCARLET PIMPERNEL TRANSITION ~ (Percy, Marguerite, Marie & girls) (MARGUERITE arranges flowers as MARIE paints at an easel. Six servant girls enter and sing to PERCY, who sits reading a newspaper.) Serva.nts: Girl 1: Girl 2: Girl 3: Girl 4: GirlS:

WHO IS THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL? I'M TOLD HE SWAGGERS ON A HEATHWITH SEVRAL DAGGERS IN HIS TEETH! THEY SAY HE CRACKS THE LONGESTWHIP! AND HAS.IHE STIFFEST ... UPPER UP ... I'VE HEARD HE'S HAD HIS SKIN TATTOOED! AND DANCES IN THE.NUDE! WHO IS THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL? PERCY

Girl 6:

All Girls:

Dances in the nude? But surely he wears shoes. Percy:

Marie: Percy:

NOW REALLY,GIRLS--VOU CAN'TBEUEVE JUST ANYTHiNG. YOU HEAR. FOR ACCURACY, 1 LOOK TO THE DAILYPRE:SS. TODAY THEY SAY THE FELLA'S A VENETIAN.'GONDOLIER A LUSTY LATIN LOVER? YES, WELL- ...MORE OR LESS. AND, ALTHOUGH HE'S "FEEBLE-MINDED", THEY REPORT HESALLTHE RAGE WHEN HE TRAVELS WITH HIS 12-FOOT SPEAR. .HE WAS SEEN THE OTHER DAY...HACKING OFF A FRENCHIE'S EAR?

GIRLS
An ear?!

PERCY And two kneecaps?


Girls: . Percy:

.Marg: .Percy: Girls: Percy: .... iris:

HE'S ALWAYS AT IT TOOTH AND NAIL! THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE TO IMPALE! .THOUGH HE RELAXES NOW AND THEN TO TAKEA SAIL UPON THE SEINE. . I WISH HE'D SAIL AWAY WITH ME! OR SIMPLY COME TO TEA! . THTS PLUCKY NE'ER-DO-WELL! THIS LUCKY, BLOODY SWELL! WHO IS THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL?!

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·MARIE Sir Percy, do resume your pose. - Ladies ... (Alt but two of the servent« exit .PERCY resumes the pose for his portrait. JESSUP enters followed by ARMAND.) JESSUP Lady Blakeney, Monsieur Armand has returned. (As JESSUP exits, MARGUERITE runs to embrace ARMAND.) , MARGUERITE Armand? Armand, you're horne?! Oh, Ldon't think I like all these trips you take of late, little brother. Where is it you go? PERCY Feeling his oats,.m'dear ..youth. and all that roL Armand, I believe you know our . guest- Mademoiselle Marie Grosholtz? She's just recently come. From Paris. ARMAND You, .. made my sisters

Yes, of course, Mademoiselle.

beautiful costumes .

..~ PERCY And what do you know, Armand? There she was, fresh off the boat with nowhere to go, and what do you think? Cleverest thought came to me: a companion for the wife! La, demned.cle.\lerr L do.tbink:- puttin' two. French friends together, pass the time, do whatever women do, eh what, m'dear? ·-MARGUERITE This part(cular woman is an artist. (PERCY crosses to look at the portrait on Marie's easel.) PERCY Sink me, ifs true! Mademoiselle Grosholtz is just finishin' my portrait, Armand, and I do believe it's- (seeing the portrait) Oh, but I'm breathtaking! And presently the Mademoiselle's vowed to do a bust of me. We'll put it in the garden, shall we? My head atopcrtlagpost. Lat We11make a fountain out of it, water spittin' from my mouth, what? Well, for then I can water the roses! (MARGUERITE draws ARMAND aside as PERCY chats with the servants, and MARIE returns to her easel.) MARGUERITE Armand, I do wish you wouldn't go off and leave me alone quite so often .. ARMAND Wasn't Percy here?

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MARGUERITE . Percy's never here.. Even when he is ...he won't speak with me, he makes jokes, he walks away. He isn't who I thought he was. ARMAND You're wrong, Marguerite. Percy islighth(3arted, yes, but he's a good man, strong and braveMARGUERITE Oh, darling, I know you're fond of Percy- but don't idealize him into some shining knight, some-.. Scarlet Pimpernel. ARMAND .The.. Pimpernel..? 6utPERCY ThePimpernel?! Zooks, Armand, I believe t'was that very fellow snatched . Mademoiselle from the mouth of La Guillotine! Sink me, makes a fella shiver! GIHL3 Oh, Mademoiselle- The Scarlet Pimpernel sa,,~d"YRI,J?!

GIRL
Does he really carry daggers in his teeth?!

PERCY No doubt he's got stilettos in his toenails .. Armand, do spare me anymore nightmares- ...by never mentioning that jackanapes again. Girls, take him off and give him a bite to eat':"The boy's giddy with hunger.
(ARMAND exits with the two setvent« ,at the portrait.) MARGUERITE crosses to look

PERCY ....Recognize me,Marguerite? Ah, but then I don'tsuppose you would- What was .lt you said father day, m'dear? MARGUERITE Percy.. PERCY Wife gave me a good look-over arid said-.what '!'las it, then? MARGUERITE "Why have you changed? I barely recognize you."

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_..::._,___:_...;..-_.,.

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PERCY Yes, dernrne, that's tt, 'and 1"Said, La, m'dear, would you have me wear the same " breeches to dinner as I wore to luncheon? A gentleman always changes!" MARIE Sir Percy.
(PERCY returns to his pose as MARIE turns to MARGUERITE.)

MARIE I think, Lady Blakeney, should you look in his eyes ... you will recognize him... ,
(The room darkens around Marguerite, as she sings.)

WHEN! LOOK AT YOU (Marguerite) WHEN I LOOK AT YOU, WHAT I PJ...WAYS SEE IS THE F~CE OF SOMEONE ELSE WHOO~~nTOM~ .. ;.STILL I CAN HEAR HIM LAUGH, - AND EVEN THOUGH THAT MELODY PLAYS ON, HE'S GONE.

(Marguerite)

WHEN .1 LOOK AT YOU, HE IS STANDING THERE. I CAN ALMOST BREATHE HIM IN . LIKE SUMMER I~THE AIR. WHY DO YOU SMILE HIS SMILE? THAT HEAVENJ'DFORGOTTEN EASES THROUGH IN YOU. IF YOU COULD LOOK AT ME ONCE MORE WITH ALL THE LOVE YOU FELT BEFOREIF YOU AND I COULD DISAPPEAR INTO THE PAST AND FIN[l.:t~T LOVE WE. KNEW, I'D NEVER TAKE MY EYES AWAY FROM YOU! WHEN I LOOK AT YOU, . HE IS TOUCHIN.G ME. I WOULD REACH FOR HIM, BUT WHO CAN HOLD A MEMORY? AND LOVE ISN'TEV'RYTHING. THAT MOONLIGHT ON THE BED WILL MELT AWAY SOMEDAY!

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OH, YOU WERE ONCE THAT SOMEONE WHO L FOLLOWED LIKE A STAR THEN SUDDENLY YOU CHANGED AND NOW I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE. OR COULD IT BE THAT I NBLERREALLYKNEW-YOU FROM THE START? DID I CREATE A DREAM? WAS HE A FANTASY? EVEN A MEMORY IS PARADISE FOR ALL THE FOOLS LIKE ME. NOW REMEMBERING IS ALL THAT I CAN DO, BECAUSE I MISS HIM SO ... WHEN I LOOK AT YOu.
(Ughts back up as JESSUP enters.)

JESSUP
Lady Blakeney, you have a visitor in the rose garden.

--lVIARGUERITE

(JESSUP exits.)

PERCY
doubt i.es.afrog., m'dear. Toads and ..rogs do prefer .meetin' a princess in the f Always hopin' for that kiss, don't you know ...

PLAYOFF: WHEN flOOK AT YOU


(MARGUERITE exits.) .

(orchestra)

PERCY
a letter's just come from Paris. We've made contact with your fiance. , (MARJE crosses toPERCY.)

.MARIE
Tussaud?

.PERCY

MARIE PERCY
'."''''' .H .... 'VV

make our headquarters

in the poor bloke's cellar!

Can you 00 your

Yes, of course!

MARIE Tussaud will work beside me.

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(ARMAND enters, crossing to PERCY and MARIE.) PERCY Armand- there you are. I wouldn't bother to unpack your bags, my boy. We must get Marie back to Paris in the morning. You'U takeher straight to the hideaway and tell Dewhurst- Oh, didn't I tell you? She's working with us now. ARMAND But I had no idea- .

You, Mademoiselle?

MARIE Nor did I. Until last evening. Your leader is very persuasive. PERCY We can't speak here. MARIE I will fetch my shawl and meet you both by the river then?
,

(MARIE exits.) ARMAND Tomorrow-morning, I?et:cy.?But - what shalll tell Marguerite? I've only just returned. She worries so for my safety, and if she finds out I go to FrancePERCY Don't let her ftnd.out, Give. another. excuse. Lord only knows what new excuse I'll give her- Perhaps I should "go fishing in Scotland" again ... .. ARMAND She'll believe. lt, She.. has no idea who you really are. Lord, Percy, why don't you just tell her the truth?
,'

Armand, she is to know nothing. ARMAND But- .. why don't you trust her? PERCY Odd's my life, boy, who trusts anyone in this slippery world? BeUer to play the game, wliat? Be on your guard. Zounds, when the. heart goes soft, that's when the dagQer plunges in. Off with you then. I'll meet you by the river. (ARMAND exits as the scene changes to the garden.)

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S'CENE TEN
Blakeney Estate: The Garde~ REPRISE: WHEN! LOOKAT YOU (Percy & Marguerite)

(PERCY and MARGUERITE, in different parts of the garden, stand alone and sing.) .

Percy OH, YOU WERE ONCE THAT SOMEONE WHO I FOLLOWED LIKE A STAR THEN SUDDENLY YOU CHANGED AND NOW I DON'T KNOW WHO YOUARE. Marguerite OR COULD IT BE THAT I·NEVER REALL YKNEW YOU FROM THE START? Percy DID I GREATE A DREAM? Marguerite WAS HEA FANTASY? .... ,'·:M-argu~rit~ Peroy .. & EVEN A MEMORYJSPARADISEFOR ALL THE FOOLS LIKE ME. Marguerite NOW RqMEMBERING IS ALL THAT I CANDO, BECAUSE'IMISSHER I MISS HIM SO... Both .WHEN I LOOK AT YOU.
(As the song ends, PERCY exits. JESSUP escorts CHAUVELIN into the Garden.) .

Percy SO ... Marguerite

MARGUERITE ChauveJin.. Wh~t in God's name are you doing here? CHAUVELIN I've just arrived in England, milady .. What could be more natural than to pay a visit on an old friend? .

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MARGUERITE You're no friend of mine, Chauvelin. You /iedto me. CHAUVELIN Ah, yes, that poor man you denounced- St Cyr. Robespierre made the decision to execute. What could I do? . MARGUERITE . Do you thU:lk.1 ever would have.given you information had I known you'd kif/the man?' I'll have that family's blood.on my hands as long as I live! CHAUVELIN It's unfortunate, yes, but how pleasant to.see you no longer suffer, having... transplanted ..like a rose.. to such lush surroundings, ··"MARGUERITE Chauvelin, if you came here to apologizeCHAUVELIN I am not in the habit of sailing the Channel to make apologies, Marguerite. No, l'rn here on state business. 1 did, however, also wish to speak with you. The Revolution seems toI

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MARGUERITE The Revolution is out of contro/.I have cut all ties with that murderous regime, and with you, Chauvelin. Please go. CHAUVELIN YeL. surely your heart is still loyal to the Republic. Work with me again, Marguerite. you will do your country the greatest service to help discover the identity of this Scarlet Pimpernel. MARGUERITE What?! That is why you come here? You're mad! CHAUVELIN Not at all. ~now.know.you.trav.eLcloseto the Prince of Wales, as does the Pimpernel. It would be easy for youMARGUERITE What, yoy- you've had me watched? CHAUVELIN Oh, Marguerite .... shall we dispense with the indignation? You, a/so, are quite the clever spy, and I sl:Jggestyou return to that occupation or there may be:..trouble. Perhaps in your marriage?

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(PERCY enters.)
PERCY .Marguerite? It seems that tomorrow Marie will be leaving us- ...

(seeing CHAUVELIN) .butlovely to see that.. others ..join us.


MARGUERITE .percy, you remember Citizen Chauvelin- from Paris? PERCY do. Indeed- the Citizen! Oh, but that name. Citizen Sh- uh- .. Shew- .. Forgive Have a bit of trouble with the French language, I do. Spell the name for me, will

..

"CHAUVEUN
PERCY C-H-U- yes- Chew- Ah-choo! Yes?

.. CHAUVEUN
PERCY Sho-Shol, Like a little dog name! GoUt, yes- and V-? --CHAtNELlN V- E -No- only one Show- just one- Showl V-E-L'PERCY

CHAUVELIN

PERCY So - Ghew-One-Sho-Sho-Vel! CHAUVELIN

PERCY

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Honestly, Percy. Chauvelin.

MARGUERITE C-H-A-U-Y-E-L-I-N.

PERCY Ah yes: Shove-Lynn! That's a stunning name! Won't you come in and have a sip of tea with us then, Monsieur Shovelynn? Bit sticky out here, isn't it?

'"MA"RGUERITE
He was just leaving. PERCY Oh, blast. And me yearning to discuss a bit of Paris fashion. Tell me, is it true you're no longer wearing lace on your jabots? . CHAUV,ELlN We have little time or use for lace in Paris these days, Sir Percival.
r

Sink me! Makes. God!

a. man. fear.. for

PERCY the future- Oh, it do, don't it? No lace at all? Oh good

CHAUVELIN How reassurlnq, Marguerite, to. see you've married a man of such discerning values. And now I'll take my leave OT you. (As CHAUVELIN kisses Marguerite's behind him.) hand, PERCY crosses in

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PERCY But you'll be staying on in England, I do so' hope. Small hOlicfay for you, is it? MARGUERITE I'm sure Citizen. Chauvelln returns to France immediately. remain here. CHAUVELIN Actually(CHAUVELIN turns, almost colliding with PERCY.)

He has no reason to

PERCY Oh! Give warning before you heave about - You frightened me. It's .... all that black so close up. You wear black rather incessantly, do you? No, no, I love black. Just not on me. But you were saying? CHAUVELIN

I'll be in England one week, Sir Percy. Actually, I've been invited to attend a royal ball. The-

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Prince's baln!
PERCY

But how simply thrilling! . Yes. PERCY Why, we, too, shall be there! CHAUVELIN CHAUVELIN

Ah!
PERCY The wife and I! La, but is it so soon? I must see to my attire straightaway!

(PERCYstarts to leave.

CHAUVELlNfol/ows him.)
PERCY

Jessup! Summon my valet!

(PERCY turns back, again almost colliding with CHAUVELIN.) .


PERCY ;\0h! How you do creep up ona person! We'll have to hang a bell about your neck. aut we'll make it black. I think perhaps my ruby satin for the.royal ball, Margueritewhat? Oh yes-it do shimmer so! (Into C!",AUVELIN'S face:) Mmmmm ...

(PERCY exits.)
, CHAUVELIN I could ....book you passage with me on the boat back to France, my dear ... MARGUERITE ...is my home. CHAUVELIN So. You have traded Rousseau fo'r rose gardens, and ], apparently, am u •..." edby .... that. • Most intriguing. Tell me, Marguerite, how do we compare? sort of lover is your husband? My God .. you .. don't know. Do you? Yes ... .A man like that would simply be lost. in your bed. MARGUERITE do you know of it. Chauvelin? You and I never loved each other. Go now.
ti;e~Weme.

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,CHAUVElIN How can I leave you? Marguerite. You do not belong inthis cold land - with no one' to understand you, to touch you,.. The girl I'knew could not bear this another' moment..... ' WHERE'S THE GIRL? [Chauvelin) I REMEMBER I REMEMBER I REMEMBER I REMEMBER DAYS FULL OF RESTLESSNESS AND FURY. NIGHTS THAT WERE DRUNK ON DREAMS. SOMEONE WHO HUNGERED FOR THE GLORY. HER, BUT IT SEEMS ...SHE'S GONE. .. (Chauvelin)

WHERE'S THE GIRL? WHERE'S THE GIRL WITH THE BLAZE IN HER EYES? WHERE'S THE GlRLWJmIHAT"GAZE UF SURPRISE? NOW Af\{D THEN I STILL DREAM SHE'S BESIDE ME... WHERE'S THE GIRL WHO COULD TURN ON THE EDGE OF A KNIFE? WHERE'S lHE'GlRl WROWASl3URN1NG1=OR LIFE? I CAN STILL FEEL HER BREATHING BESIDE ME.
.

ANDIKNOW SHE REMEMBERS HOW FEARLESS JT FEELS TO TA~'-OFF WITH THE WIND AT HER HEELSSHE ANI} kTOOKTHIS·WQRLD-,LlKE A STORM! COME AGAIN! LET THE GIRL IN YOUR HEART TUMBLE FREE. , BRING YOUR RENEGADE HEART HOME TO ME. IN THE DARl<.Q~ THEMO,RN1NG,.- . I'LL WARM YOU, I'LL ROUSE YOU ... MARGUERITE, DON'T FpRGET THAT I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. WE WERE CUT FROM THE SAME SURLY STAR, LIKE TWO JEWELS IN THE SKY, SHARING FIRE. WHERE'S THE GIRL, SO ALlVE.AND-STlLL AC~UNG FOR MORE? WE HAD. DREAMS THAT WERE WORTH DYING FOR. WE WERE CAUGHT IN THEEYE.oF THE STORM! COMEA~AIN! . LET THE GlRLlt{.'{.OURHEART- TUMBlE FREE. BRING YOUR RENEGADE HEART-HOME TO ME. IN THE DARK OF THE MORNING, I'LLWARM YOU, I'LL ROUSE YOU ...

42 WHERE'S THE GIRL ? IS SHE GAZING AT ME WITH SURPRISE? DO I STI'-L SEE THATBLAZE IN HER EYES? AM I DREAMING OR IS SHE BESIDE ME..NOW ..?

No~ Get out-... ... No.10a EXITS AND ENTRANCES (orchestra) (CHAUVELIN exits,asMARIE and ARMAND enter . from another part of the garden) ARMAND Marguerite. MARGUERITE Marie- what is this Percy tells me? You are.leaving us? MARIE .yes, Marguecite. L leav.etomorrow·for France.. But I promise you, this time, to come not quite so close to the blade of La Guill()t~ne. . :"'MARGOERTTE But why go back? This is lunacy. . MARIE my fiance needs me now; There is...importantwork we must do MARGUERITE - to travel there a/oneMARIE .. not alone, no. Armand will be with- ... me.. MARGUERITE ARMAND only to.. to see Marie safely home. 1:MARIE leave you both and say goodbye in the morning. Marguerite- .. I shall never the-kindness-you have-shown me- you ...and your husband. (MARIE exits.)

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MARGUERITE
Armand- No mote of this travelling about, do you hear me? And to France- Mon Dieu! How can you think it? You are all the family I have in this world-Dear God, what would I do if you were-.. . ._

ARMAND MARGUERITE

I swear to you, I won't die.


How can you swear such a stupid thing?! Of course you'll die, we all will, only I don't want you to go and do it now. Oh, be careful, my little brother. Please .. be careful ... YOU ARE MY HOME: GARDEN REPRISE (Marguerite & Armand) Marg: Armand:

YOU ARE MY ONLY BROTHER AND My FRIEND. WHAT WOULD I DO IF YOU WERE GONE? WHY ARE YOUR EYES SO FULL OF FEAR? I WILL BE HERE. WE WILL GO ON. YOU ARE MY HOME ... YOu. MAKE ME. STRONG .... AND IN THIS WORLD OF STRANGERS, I BELONG TO SOMEONE. YOU AR~"ALL I KNOW. YOU'RE ~LL I HAVE. I NEED YOU SO. I WON'T LET GO ... (As darkness falls around them, ARMAND and MARGUERITE slowly back away from each other and exit.)

Both:

..
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;.

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S.CENE ELEVEN
Blakeney Estate: The Library
(As the lights come up, PERCY stands in his library, wearing an outrageous outfit. JESSUPenters.) JESSUP gentlemen havebeen ..;readi,ed, ,', PERCY Send them in. (JESSUP exits. DEWHURST, OZZY, ELTON, FARLEIGH, BEN enter, wearing equally outrageous outfits.) DEWHURST Percy, really now- there is a limit. PERCY , Patience, lads. There's a method to mY,madness. DEWHURST But tis madness! Spies and cutthroats surround us and weplaydres~-LJPs? PERCY Precisely. , leaving my house, HAL AND

Sir-The

FARLEIGH Percy! I demand to know why I'm forced intO'this get-uplUpon the footman giggled- right in my face!

Well,

!think

it's

ramerntce

ELTON for a change. Quite ..summery.

PERCY Elton, sometimes you frighten me ...But-weshall all continue to look "summery' for awhile yet, boys. Desperate times call for desperate measures, what? We've been summoned to the palace.

BEN
.The palace? FARLEIGH By the prince?

PERCY Yes. He has his suspicions. If he finds us out, he'll shut us down. straightaway. British-French relations are tenuous enough these days without rabble rousers runnin' about. . HAL Is that what he calls us? Rabble Rousers? PERCY That is how he refers to "the Pirpperneland his men," whomever they might be. But he'll never think it's us, will he? Naturally not, for the mere mention of that scoundrel makes us ... A1.L ..Swoon? PERCY Indeed! Such ruffians besmirch the very name of manhood. Nay, tis our duty as males not to rush to the battle, but to the tailor!

..
Percy: Elton: Percy:

THE CREATION QE MAN (Percy, Ozzy Dewhurst, Elton, Farleigh, Hal & Ben) PEACOCKS! SINK-ME! THINK YE, SIR, HOW THOSE FEATHERED BOYS LOVE TO FLAUNT THEIR TAILS!

STAWONSL.
Farleigh: Percy: Dewhurst: Percy: ZOUNDS, SIR! HOUNDS, SIR! STAGS! OF THE GOOSIE AND THE GANDER, SIR, WHICH GENDER IS THE GRANDER, SIR? TO RENDER TOTAL CANDOR, SIR: THE SPLENDOR IS THE MALE'S!

O'ZZ( But Percy, I simply can not hop about wearin' pink chiffon. PERCY Ozzy, whatever we must do to deflect suspicion, we shall do- which in this case is..

to shimmer!

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Percy:

BE AN EXAMPLE TO YOUR SEX. GIVE YOUR-BOOT A qAPPER STRAP. AND IT'S SMARTER IF YOUR GARTERHASSOME SNAP. CRAVATS SHOULD.BE FLOUNCED ABOUT OUR NECKS. WEAR A NIGHTCAP WHEN YOU NAPBE BEWI,:tCHlNGWllH.SOME..S:nTCHING ON YOUR CAP. NOW DRAPE YOUR CAPE AND PUFF YOUR CUFF! EMBROIDER THOSE LAPELS! BE THE KING OFTHE BEA"STSlN"PASTELS!

LA, BUT SOMEONE HAS TO STRIKE A POSE AND BEAR THE WEJGHT OF WELL-TAILORED CLOTHES! AND THAT IS WHY THE LORD CREATED MEN!
DEWHURST .Percy, Armand and Marie await us in Paris. Conditions ever, and in the face of all this, you expect us toare more dangerous than

PERCY -to convince all of bloody England that we'renincompoopsl Percy: Dewhurst P·'ercy: Percy: All: Percy: rn)ewhurst: Percy:' STRUT, SIR! WHAT, SIR? ROOSTERS DO. GIVE A COCK HIS COMB AND THE HENS WILLPAL~. BUCKS, BULLS! MORE, SIR!. BOARS, SIR! RAMS! OF-THE NANNY-GOAT AND .BILlY, SIR, WHOSE BEARD IS FULL YWOOL Y, SIR? rrs..SIILI Y.f;OR THE BlLLY FOR HE'S WILLY-NILLY MALEl

OZli
Percy, you're the best-dressed. man in London. You can get. away with this, but ,",···p-~·of su

SIR! BE A LION-HEARTED PRIG! . FlLL THOSE. PAN.TALOONS WITH LIGHT! I COULD DANGLE DOWN A SPANGLE.. OUT OF SiGHT .... PERCY

47 Percy: Farleigh: Ben: Percy: Hal: Elton: BE BOLD! WHEN-ITS COLD,..SLAP ON THAT WIG. DRAW YOUR BREECHES' IN QUITE TIGHTEVEN MORE SO AND YOUR TORSO WILL IGNITE! NOW SMOCK YOUR FROCK! PERFUME YOUR PLUME! I'LL LET MY WAISTCOAT SWING! AND THE JUNGLE WILL BOW TO ITS KING!

Ozzy:
All:

All: Percy: All:

LA,' BUT SOMEON5HAS TO STRIKE A POSE! AND BEAR THE WEIGHT OF WELL-TAILORED CLOTHES! AND THAT IS WHY THE LORD CREATEO MEN, YES THAT IS WHY THE LORD CREATED MEN.

DANCE BREAK (PERCY pulls a handkerchief from his sleeve and begins to instruct the MEN in how to behave like a fop.)
All: AND THE JUNGLE WILL BOW TO ITS KING!

..
Percy: All:

LA, BUT SOMEONE HAS TO STRIKE A POSE! AND BEAR THE WEIGHT OF WELL-TAILORED CLOTHES! AND THAT IS WHY THE LORD CREATED MEN! MEN! THAT IS WHY THE LORD CREATED MEN.

DANCE BREAK
Percy: All: GENTLEMEN, REMEMBERWHAT WE'RE HERE FOR, WHY WE MUST BE DRESSED ... TO KILL. IF WE HAVETO LUOK LIKE CLEOPATRA, THEN WE WILL! IF YOU'RE OUT TO MAKE A SPLASH, CHERIDO KNOW YOUR HABERDASHERY! BUTTONS, BUCKLl:S, RUFFLES AND LACE! REPRESENT THE HUMAN RACE! (The scene changes to the Royal Petece)

All:

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SCENE TWELVE
~England,The'Royal
SENTRY His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales!'

Palace

(The PRINCE OFWALES enters as PERCY and his MEN make a grand entrance, closing out the song.)
:.

Percy & His Men:

LA, BUT SPMEONEHAS TO.STRIKE A POSE! AND BEAR THE WEIGHT OF WELL-TAILORED CLOTHES! EACH SPECIES NEEDS A SEXTHAT'S FATED TO BE HiGHLY DECQRATED! THAT IS WHY THE LORD CREATED MEN!

.--' '"PRlNCE
Is that you, Percy? PERCY Highness! How well you're lookin'! PRINCE ,I protest, you lie, Blakeney, smooth as a cat. PI;.RCY

Stage cue #1 (At crest of applause, conductor signals MEN to break the stage and shift position.)

PRINCE lies, my lad. No, allied you here for a bit of candor. I have reports you sail back andforth to France ata dizzyin' pacethese days- what's that all
... :.""".!;,', •..,"' ....

then?

• PERCY

PRINCE

BEN

ELTON

DEWHURST

49 PERCY Where else can one get the finest but France? . .-... - FARCEIGH Even in these days of butchery, the French do still turn outsuch rickrack!

Ozz:.r
Gad, but we must have their trim, tassels, taffeta! HAL Whatever the cost! PERCY So back and forth we goALL. Row, row, row your boatPRINCE Yes, but-, you're sure you're not hooked up with this ... Pimpernel fellow? (The MEN's reactions range from horror to hilarity.) .. ~ PRINCE Hmmm. Well, I must say you are ailiookin' quite .. quite .. PERCY
Stage cue #2 (Conductor treats "go" as beat 3 in fast 4/4 time and conducts the MEN's next line as two measures of music.)

PRINCE Yes .. quite summery. Oh, very well. You may continue certain brief and politic trips to France for the purposes of uh- .. "frau-frau" only. Oh, and next trip, pick me up one of them silly hats, what? .. (SENTRY enters.) SENTRY Citizen Chauveliri, Agent of the French Republic. (SENTRY exits as CHAUVELlN.enters and COUPEAU.)
Stage cue #3 (Conductor treats ""-pub-" as" beat 3 in fast 4/4 time and conducts Percy's BOUNDERS in a choreographed back-up routine for three measures ..)

with his two aides, MERCIER

PRINCE Oh, yes. Citizen Chauvelin, we've been expecting you. PERCY Shovelynn!

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(PERCY exits with his MEN.)

CHAUVELIN
. his aides:) Go. Stay in the shadows, but find what you. can. Bring me papers, anything that might pertain to this Pimpernel.. Now;

THE RIDDLE - PART!


(MERCIER and COUPEAU exit.)

(Chauvelin)

STICK TO YOUR PURPOSE AND DON'T LET THE FIRE BURN OUT. AN EYE FOR AN EYE AND TO HELL WITH THOSE SHADOWS OF DOUBT. NO ONE BLINDS ME WITH TRICKS AND DIVERSJON. NO ONE TREMBLES MY SOUL 'ON THE SLY. I /WI HERE FOR ONE REASON, AND ALL OTHER REASONS MUST DIE!
(Music segues.)

THE RIDDLE - PART !!(orchestra)


CHAUVELIN

(MARGUERITE enters.) see you received my message, Lady B.lakeney. And you came. How ...

MARGUERITE
often I receive a message informing me that I hold someone's life in my .Chauvelin. Would that be my life ... or yours?

CHAUVELIN
brothers. Yes. Unfortunately, my dear, it seems your brother has been· ;n Paris.

MARGUERITE
..you think I'll believe this?

'GHAUVELIN
that you .do.

MARGUERITE
would they arrest him?

. CHAUVELIN
conspiracy againstthe French government. Your brother is a member of the of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

MARGUERITE'

50 CHAUVELIN Sir Percy .. PERCY HigbRess- what larks! Most stimulatin' fella,

You here to see the Prince?·Zooks, Shovelynn.

PRINCE We have agreed to meet with the citizen in hopes of finding a common ground between our two governments, though I must tell you, Chauvelin, as long as your regime follows its current bloody course, I have little hope. PERCY And speaking of "hopeless," perhaps, Highness, you might suggest to Shovelynn that he, too, pick up a newhat. =Sut no-ihen we'd have to re-do the whole thing, head to foot. Never mind. CHAUVELIN I believe we have more important things to discuss. PERCY Ye Gods, yes! The Royal Ball! Highness, what are you wearing? PRINCE What about my ruby satin?

Wearing? No idea, Blakeney.

PERCY Oh, blast,..blast, blast! No., but you simply can't. I'm in ruby satin. Isn't that right, Shove lynn? Because it shimmers, yes?

- THEMEN
Mmrnrnm. .. PERCY Oh, do forgive us, but we must speed straightaway to the royal closet and help the Prince select his garb for the ball this evening. Come, Highness- quickly! Oh, no, he doesn't mind. Do you, Shovelynn? You wait right here til his Highness returns, and then he'll chat with you all about revolutions and so forth. But, well, f mean: first things first! PRINCE I'll be with you shortly.

Very well then, uh- ... Shovelynn-

(The PRINCE OF WALES exits.)


PERCY Come, boys! We've but hours to choose the right cravat!

NO.12a

CREATION OF MAN: EXIT

{orrhe:.dr<:> \

52 , CHAUVELIN Ah, but it is. And now I put it to you, Marguerite: Will you use what great influence you have to uncover the identity of the Scarlet.Pimp.ernel? For if you do not, Armand will be guillotined. . MARGUERITE Chauvelin! My God! But- you can stop this- you have power in France- CHAWEllN What do you care about this British rogue? Betray him! MARGUERITE You ask the impossible! Noone knows who he is! How on earth am I to do this? ' Where? When?
._

CHAUVELIN Tonight. At the ball. The.Pimpernel, I am certain, will be there, and nothing is impossible for the "greatest actress in Europe." MARGUERITE Damn you, Chauvelin! .... And ..if I can do this thing, you will release Armand? I swear it.

'CHAUVEL:fN
MARGUERITE

Can I trust you?

Can I trust you?

_ 'CHAUVELIN

No.13b -Chauv:

THE RIDDLE - PART III '(Percy, Marguerite, Chauvelin & [Offstage] chorus)

SEE THE MOON SLINK DOWN IN THE SKY, DARLING. , LET YOUR FANTASIES FLY, DARLING. ' ,LIFE IS COLD AND THE GAME IS OLD. JUST SEE HOW VIRTUE REPAYS YOUYOU .TURN AND 'SOMEONE BETRAYS YOU. -BETRAY HIM FIRST AND THE GAME'S REVERSED!
'

Both:

, Both: .'
.~: -.;'

Chauv: lV1arg:
.. ,', .'.

FOR WE All ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE LONG TREACHEROUS RIDDLE: ' CAN I TRUST YOU? SHOULD YOU TRUST ME, TOO? WE SHAMBlE ON. THROUGH THIS HEll, TAKING ON MORE SECRETS TO SELL TIL THERE COMES A DAY WHEN WE SEll OUR SOULS AWAY.

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(PERCY enters.} . PERCY La , m'dear-I heard you'd been seen ..in the palace, but I said, "No, quite impossible. . wife'~ at home ... waiting for me." Apparently not. Is- ... something wrong?
..

MARGUERITE No. Citizen Chauvelin has simply brought me .. news. News from Paris . . PERCY Well. I was .. on my way horpe. To change for the ball, don't you know ... You'll happy to hear, Shovelynn, I've found something lovely for the Prince to wear And now I'd be only too happy to tum my hands to you- Ah, but no. You'll be .. black, won't you? CHAUVEI..IN quite .. resolute, yes. And now I go to meet with the Prince. "PERCY you .. coming with me, Marguerite?

,{,\;;··'I . .,.",O

moment.

. MARGUERITE 1- .. am not sure what.. to do ... . _. CHAUVELIN

s quick decisions

are best.

~p);"\i'es_

PERCY Bring on .. the moment of truth ... THROUGH THE MIST, YOUR LOVER IS BECKONING ... COMES THAT MOMENT OF RECKONING, FACES CHANGE, EVEN SMILES GROW STRANGE. AND WE ALL HAVE SO MANY FACES, THE=REAl- :sEl"F-UFTEN ERASES. ENTICING LIES FLICKER THROUGH OUR EYES. FEEL THE TERROR DRAW EVER NEARER, THE MORE YOU STARE IN THE MIRROR, BUT HOLD YOUR OWN. FACE THE WIND ALONE. REEL ON, LOVE! TOUGHEN YOUR SCARS! YEAR BYYEAR, WE'RE FALLING LIKE STARS TIL THERE COMES A DAY WHEN WE SELL OUR SOULS AWAY!

~rg: Tri'o:

. Marg:
Irib:

Cttauv:

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ENTR'ACTE .(orchestra)

ACT TWO
.SCENEONE
England, The Royal Palace, The Ballroom

(Thecuttein rises one masked bal/in progress. Present are the PRINCE OF WALES, CHAUVELlN, and assembled guests.)
OPENING ACT TWO ..,.THE ==.:;~=-:.. SCARLET -=:-=~=-:::.=.= PIMPERNEL -.(Percy, Marguerite & ensemble) Guests: (ensemble)

WHO IS THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL? WHO IS THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL? WHO IS THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL? . (PERCY and MARGUERITE enter.)

Percy:

Marg: Percy: Marg:

Percy:

LUD LOVE ME! SUCH CONJECTURING ,COULD DRIVE A MAN INSANE! AND I'M THE ONE TO SET THIS GQSSIP QUITE TO REST. THEPIMPERNEL IS ME! INDEED. AND I'M THE QUEEN OF SPAIN. SHE'S DISGUISED HERSELF, BUT NOW SHE HAS AT LAST ...CONFESSED. I CONFESS TO NOTHING MORE THAN ADMI;RATION FQRAMAN WHO SO GLORIOUSt Y RISKS HIS LIFE. DID YOU .HEAR THAT, ONE AND ALL? WHY, THE PIMPERNEL'S 'BEWITCHED MY WIFEJ THE MAN'S A HERO! HE'S A DRUNK A FIDDLING NERO! HE HAS SPUNK! OH, BUNK! THE MAN'S A LAZY LOUT. AND STILL I LONG TO FIND HIM OUT ... THIS SECRET SIMPLY WILL NOT KEEP FOR ENGLAND'S LOSING SLEEP.! ITS TIME TO BREAK THE SPELL! . WON'T SOME.ONEBLOODYTELLWHO IS THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL?! . (Music immediately segues.)

Marg: Percy: Marg: Percy: Marg: Both: Marg: Percy:

All:

Percy: Chauv:

Marg:
Trio: .Percy:

CAN I RUN TO YOU.? ARE YOU TRUE TO ME? I'LL DO UNTO YOU AS YOU DO T.Q ME! AND WE SLOWLY LEARN BETTER YOU THAN ME!

-54/55-

SOMEONE..HAS TO BURN-

Marg:
Chauv:

All:
(Trio & offstage Chorus)

OH, EVRY JUDAS ONCE LOVED A JESUSI BUT FIN'LLY, TREASON- WILL SEIZE USI AND ONLY FOOLS FOLLOW GOLDEN RULES! WE ALL ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE LONG TREACHEROUS RIDDLE OF WHO.T.RUSl'S WHO . MAYBE I'LL TRUST YOU . BUT CAN YOU TRUST ME? WAIT AND SEE! !

END ACT ONE

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Elt, Far,
Dew, & Ozzy:

Marg: POW: Chauv:

ITS POSSIBLE OUR HERO FLIRTS WITH DANGER. ... OH, I WISH HE'D FLIRT WITH ME. ME THINKS I FEEL THE EVENING ..'. GROWING STRANGER. AH! MAIS OUI!

-PERCY Oh, such an accent! What those Frenchies can't do! And what else do they do? All: (ens.) THEY SEEK HIM HERE! . THEY SEEK HIM THERE! . THOSE FRENCHIES SEEK HIM EV'RYWHERE! IS HE UP YONDER OR DOWN IN THE DELL? . WHERE IS THIS BLASTED PIMPERNEL? I BELIEVE HE'S HERE. ..UPON YOUR OWN SHORE, DANCING ROUND THESE HALLOWED HALLS?! WELL, AFTER ALL WE ENGLISHMEN ARE KNOWN FOR. .. SPLENDID BALLS! THEY SEEKHIM HERE! THEY SEEK HIM THERE! THE LADIES SEEK HIM EVERYWHERE!

Percy: Prince: Chauv: Percy: Prince:

All: (ens.)

PERCY Marguerite, what should you say to him? Marg: Percy: Bounders: .PLEASE TELL ME HOW I MIGHT IDENTIFY YOU. THERE ARE MANY THINGS I'D LIKE TO ASK (Umm ..And ...) WERE I THE PIMPY-TELL ME, WHAT SHOULD IDO? DROP YOUR MASK! PERCY No need for vulgarity ...

All: (ens.)

THEY SEEK HIM HERE! THEY SEEK HIM THERE! THOSE FRENCHIES SEEK HIM EV'RYWHERE! IS HE IN HEAVEN OR IS HE IN HELL? THAT DEMNED ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL!

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PRINCE lovely Sir Percy, but I'm afraid that's one question we won't answer tonight. The man's not here. . CHAUVELIN Ah, but I suspect. .. he is. PERCY Sink me- it's the Citizen! Oh, and look how he doooo scan this room. Cover yourselves, men! Methinks he seeks the Pimpernel. No. 15 ---- Percy: THEY SEEK (Percy, Marguerite, Chauvelin, Elton, Farleigh, Dewhurst, Ozzy, Prince of Wales & ensemble) THEY SEEK HIM HERE. THEY SEEK HIM THERE. THOSE FRENCHIES SEEK HIM EV'RYWHERE. IS HE IN HEAVEN OR IS HE IN... HELL? THAT DEMNED ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL.

PRINCE Is that true, Citizen? You've come all the way to England to look for this Pimpernel? PERCY Because, Percy: HighnessHE MEDDLES WITH THE FRENCH IE REVOLUTION, POPPING IN AND OUT EACH WEEK, SPOILING EV'RY lOVELY EXECUTIONLA, WHAT CHEEK!

THEY SEEK HIM HERE. THEY SEEK HIM THERE. THOSE FRENCHIES SEEK HIM EV'RYWHERE. IF YOU SHOULD SEE HIM, PLEASE DO GIVE A YELL. .. .Marg: Per & Marg: ...THAT DEMNED ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL. .. Chauv: Percy: Chauv: THE RUMOR IS THE PIMPERNEL IS... BRITISH. A BRIT WHO'S PLAYING PEEK-A-BOO?! (Ooooo!) WERE I THE PIMPY, I'D FEEL. . RATHER SKITTISH ... IT'S ...NOT ...YOU. PERCY· Oh, thank God!

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CHAUVELIN I've learned that just before your brother was arrested, he spoke these naniesnames perhaps of his confederates?
(Partners change again, as the dance continues. MARGUERITE now. dances with OZZY:) .

MARGUERITE Ah, Sir Osbert, what am I to do?' OZZ'f Do, my dear? Why- you're not ill, are you? MARGUERITE Only ill with curiosity. Is it possible that... -'-Mightyou perhaps be a member ofOh, Ozzy- do you know the Pimpernen!
(As the dance continues, PERCY and OZZY dance adjacent to one another.)

OZZ'f Ah; there you are, Percy. Your wife asks a great many questions tonight. PERCY Is that so? OZZ'f She thinks perhaps I know the Pimpernel. I assume that I don't? PERCY Shhh!
(As the dance continues, PERCY and OZZY move away from each other. MARGUERITEonce again dances with CHAUVELIN.)

MARGUERITE Chauvelin, if you suspect these men are in league with the Pimpernel, why not seize and question them yourseln . . CHAUVELIN. Ah, my dear, if but I could. You forget we are on English soil. What power have I here? .' MARGUERITE None...save your power over me.

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bUILLES GAVOTTE (Music for The Gavotte begins under.)
PERCY Marguerite? Will you ...dance? MARGUERITE Oh, Percy - I don't know what to do. IPERCY I see. You've promised this dance to someone else. (orchestra)

(PERCY turns away.)


MARGUERITE No - Don't go. Always you leave, you put me off PERCY Ah, but that gives you all the more time to spend with your other ... friends. MARGUERITE

Stop it. Percy. Oh God, what have I done that you should hate me so?
And what have back?!

1 done

PERCY that you should turn and live another life behind my

MARGUERITE Oh, I don't know what to say to you anymore! ~ERCY Then say nothing, my dear. Simply dance.

(PERCY and MARGUERITE dance. Partners change and MARGUERITE dances with CHAUVELIN.)
CHAUVELIN Marguerite, you know a man by the name of Farleigh? And another who goes by the name of" lzzy" or "0zzy"? MARGUERITE Wny?

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CHAUVELIN A pretty state of affairs, is it not? Go to work, Cherie. Now. (MARGUERITE moves toward FARLEIGH as PERCY and DEWHURST pass each other.) . DEWHURST

What's Chauvelin up to?

Not sure.

PERCY

DEWHURST And ... your wife? Percival- your wife? ( MARGUERITE is now dancing with FARLEIGH.) Lady BlakeneyFARLEIGH

It shall be

our secret...

MARGUERITE

FARLEIGH But I tell you, I have no idea who the Pimpernel is. Even if I did .. what makes you think the man is here tonight? MARGUERITE Dear God, we both know he is here - I see it in your eyes! Farleigh, now I beg of you- If you know him, pray find him, tell him I must speak to him tonight- soon. What hour is it? FARLEIGH

Near midnight, Milady.

MARGUERITE At one o'clock then. Tell the Pimpernel I shall wait for him outside. On the footbridge. You must deliver this message, Farleigh. I tell you- it is a matter of life and death. . (FARLEIGH moves away. Both CHAUVELIN and PERCY hear as MARGUERITE says:)

~~~_:.-.-------

,~"
• •

.
J .'

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• •

MARGUERITE The footbridge. One o'clock.

(The scene is transformed to the Footbridge.)

..

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SCENE TWO
A Footbridge in the garden near theBallroom (Marguerite paces on the Footbridge. Percy enters from behind, careful to never let her see him.) PERCY Lady Blakeney? No... Stay as you are .. If you turn and look on me, you wiJI endanger the lives of those you love. ...You are the Pimpernel? MARGUERITE PERCY

I am. You asked to meet with me?

MARGUERITE Yes, 1- No. No- go. And quickly. Is it one o'clock yet? PERCY We have some time. But did you not promise Chauvelin that I would be here at one? Yes, butMARGUERITE

PERCY Then we don't want to disappoint him, do we? MARGUERITE Do you know .. my brother? Armand St. Just? I've heard he is one of your band. And? . PERCY

MARGUERITE . They've arrested him. Oh God, I would never have dons this for Chauvelin-only he made it a condition of releasing my brother. They'll kill him. . PERCY They won't kill him. They'll.. question hirn..

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MARGUERITE But Chauvelin told me.PERCY Don't trust ChauveIin. (A beat) This is not the first time you've done dirty work for Chauvelin, is it? MARGUERITE No. He has forced my hand before. Please- go. He'll be here any moment. PERCY How has he forced your hand? MARGUERITE to tell Percy- my husband": certain things about my past, butPERCY Such as? MARGUERITE Oi.e~, they seem so petty now, compared toPERCY Tell me. MARGUERITE In France, I lived as a... free woman. You understand? I met Chauvelin the day we stormed the Bastille. He became my lover. It was brief- it was .. mad. But it happened. This spring, when Percy and l were about to be married, Chauvelin came to me: "How would you like your husband to know what sort of woman you are?" PERCY And ... would your husband have left you if he knew about.. your past? MARGUERITE I was so afraid he WOUld. But if he knew now .... I doubt he'd care one way or the other. PERCY Goon ..

He threatened

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MARGUERITE Chauvelin promised silence if I found out where the English had hidden away the Marquis de St. Cyr. But Chauvelin lied. He promised not to kill St. Cyr. He's killed so often now- he won't hesitate with Armand. Can you save my brother? If you cannot, then somehow! will. Clearly, I'm beyond scruples. PERCY You would never be so foolish as to sail to France alone? MARGUERITE

Armand is my brother-

PERCY Do you think I would ever let harm come to that boy? (Recovering composure.) Lady Blakeney, ! will save Armand.

his

MARGUERITE Oh, if you can- yes! But leave now- Please, before Chauvelin comes- save yourself, dear sir. Go. PERCY That decision is mine. But you must go now. Gq- ... and find your husband ... (MARGUERITE turns to leave.) PERCY You're- .. wrong, you know. I believe the poor sot loves you .. (MARGUERITE exits.) SHE WAS THERE (Percy) SO MANY NIGHTS I HAVE STOOD IN THE MOONLIGHT, WATCHING IT FADE INTO DAWN, WANTING HER BACK WITH ME, WARM IN THE MOONLIGHT, KNOWING THAT MOMENT WAS GONEOUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHTTILL THE MOON ROSE.. TONIGHT .. (Percy)

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ALL AT ONCE I FELT A CHILL. IN A SPILL OF MOONLIGHT ... SHE WAS THERE. THOUGH WE BOTH HELD VERY STILL, THERE WAS SOMETHING PULLING IN THE AIR. WHEN SHE WHISPERED THROUGH THE DARK, I TRIED HARD TO HOLD MY GROUND. I BELIEVED I HAD A CHOICE . TILL THE MUSIC IN HER VOICE TURNED MY WHOLE WORLD AROUND. I WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSTAND, BUT THE STARS AND I BEGIN TO BLUR. .. IF SHE NEVERTOUCHED MY HAND, THEN WHAT FILLED ME WITH THE FEEL OF HER? IN BETWEEN US STOOD A WALL. IN A FLASH IT FELL APART! IS IT POSSIBLE SHE HEARD EVRY LAST UNSPOKEN WORD RACING OUT OF 'MY HEART? SHE NEVER TURNED TO ME, BUT SUDDENLY .. ~ WE HAD SO MUCH TO SHARE! I NEVER TOOK HER IN MY ARMS, BUT SHE WAS THERE! OH, SHE WAS THERE! NO, I NEVER PULLED HER IN! STILL HER TENDERNESS WAS EV'RYWHERE! OH, SHE SLIPPED BENEATH MY SKIN, JUST AS IF SHE'D ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT THERE! HAS SHE BEEN THERE ALL ALONG? WAS I TOO FAR GONE TO KNOW? WHAT A FOOL I MUST HAVE BEEN, FOR HOW COULD I PULL HER IN, WHEN I'VE NEVER LET HER GO?!
(As PERCY turns to exit, he collides with CHAUVELIN.)

CHAUVELIN Blakeney?!

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, PERCY ShovelynnJ Dernme, then you're the Scarlet Pimpernel! What's that? CHAUVELIN

PERCY I heard he was to be here at one o'clock. The Pimpernel! Everybody said so, you know. I wanted to catch a glimpse of the fellow- it's you then, is it?! CHAUVELIN Good God, Blakeney- please move along now. I have-...business here. PERCY But of course you do! You're meeting your band of merry men! Demned clever of you, posing as this ass Shovelynn over there in Paris, when all along you're a hero! CHAUVELIN Blakeney, I am not the Scarlet Pimpernel, and will you kindly return to the ball? But if you're not-... Now! WeI/! PERCY CHAUVELIN PERCY (PERCYexits then quickly returns.) PERCY AhJ Got it! A rendezvous! You're meetin'with the Pimpernel! But where is he? Oh, Pimpernel! (lurching forward) Pimpy! (Excited, CHAUVELIN leans over the bridge railing.) PERCY . April Fool. (Shouting again, into the dark:) Come out, come out, wherever Y9U are! Shovelynn wants to talk business with you and I'm simply longing to see your costume!

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CHAUVELlN· .

Merde! This man is a nincompoop!

(As CHAUVELIN exits.) PERCY And proud of it, sir! - (Looking about) Boys! Boys-Where (Music starts under as Percy's MEN run on.) DEWHURST Percy! Word's just come from Marie in Paris- they've got Armand! PERCY Yes, I know. Hal- do we still have our contact within the prison? HAL Armand's not in the prison, Percy. We don't know where they've taken him. PERCY Right. Then we'll just have to go find him, won't we? Oh, you ninnies- they won't kilt him. They want him alive as much as we do! Off with you then! Ready the boat! We sail to France tonight!

are you?

N.o. 17

(The MEN run off leaving PERCY alone.) TAG: SHE WAS THERE HAS SHE BEEN THERE ALL ALONG? WAS I TOO FAR GONE TO KNOW? WHAT A FOOL I MUST HAVE BEEN, FOR HOW COULD I PULL HER IN, WHEN I'VE NEVER LET HER GO?! (PERCY runs off.)

(Percy)

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SCENE THREE
France, The Cafe

(Ughts up on a cafe, a military hang-out where soldiers are entertained by tarts singing rowdily from STORYBOOK.
MARGUERITE, disguised as a tart, si(s with MERCIER and COUPEAU, all three Slightly drunk.) BISTRO REPRISE: STORYBOOK Tarts: LA- LA- LA- LA- (etc.) (Marguerite & ensemble)

But you are lying to me!

MARGUERITE' . COUPEAU
.

No! We captured the boy last week. He is a member of the band of The Scarlet Pimpernel. MARGUERITE MERCIER

And he is here?!

We interrogate him here secretly- so the Pimpernel can't find him.

MARGUERITE
Oh, you soldiers tell such stories. Just because I am new to Paris, you think I'll believe anything.

But it's true!

COUPEAU MARGUERITE

Oh, then prove.it to me- .. You show me this boy- this, this- ...

St. Just. He's a Frenchman. Armand St. Just.

MERCIER

MARGUERITE Yes, yes, but if it were true, you would show him to me .. If he does exist, Dieu, . what fun to tell my friends I have seen this prisoner ... And later tonight.. what fun
we three have together, umm? .

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COUPEAU I'll get the keys. (COUPEAU exits as the tarts continue STORYBOOK) TARTS LISTEN TO ME. I HAVE BEAUTIFUL DREAMS I CAN SPIN YOU, DREAMS TO LINGER WITHIN YOU. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND WE'LL RIDE MY CAROUSEL. . (CHAUVELIN epters, spots MARGUERITE.) COME, LETS BELIEVE LOVE CAN BE JUST AS SWEET AS IT SEEMS. LETS LIVE ON DREAMS. (CHAUVELIN crosses to MARGUERITE and pulls her forward.)

CHAUVELIN Mes amis! Please welcome back to France, in her first return engagement, Mademoiselle Marguerite St. Just! (yanking off her wig) And now perhaps she will sing the song for us as it was meant to be sung. That is- ..if she still ..speaks ..French ! Marguerite (like a freedom fighter) ET SUR MON MANEGE, L'AMOUR TOUJOURS EST CHANTANT! DE MES REVES, C'EST LE COMMENCEMENT! ET J'ESPERE UNE FIN HEUREUSE! (The SOLDIERS and TARTS join in with MARGUERITE.) AII' MAIS LA FIN DE L'HISTOIRE NE VIENT PAS TRES DOUCEMENT, POUR L'HISTOIRE IL FAUT FAIRE SEMBLANT! . CERTES JE N'EMBRASSE QUE MES REVES, SEULS MES REVES! CHAUVELIN Welcome home, Marguerite. (The scene transforms to No.18a --

a prison.)

INTO THE .:...P~RI::.:S~O~N

(orchestra)

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SCENE FOUR
The Prison and a Paris Street (CHAUVELIN confronts MARGUERITE as MERCIER and COUPEAU stand guard.) .
·CHAUVELIN You do know, Marguerite .. that I admire you- yes? Coming here to find your brother- that shows spirit, courage.. But did you truly think I could be near you and not know you? Even you... are not that greatan actress. Will you sit. .. milady? MARGUERITE Armand is here? CHAUVELIN Umm. MARGUERITE He is .. well?

(PERCY enters, disguised as GRAPPIN.)


CHAUVELIN At the moment. Ah. Grappin. Do you recognize MademoiselleSt. Just? She has taken off her British .. costume, and dressed herself more in her.. true.colors. Marguerite, allow me to introduce the man who has been tracking your every step these many weeks. The Belgian Grappin. (MARGUERITE turns away) Tsktsk, Marguerite. Such bad manners and from an En~lish lady. , MARGUERITE . Enough games, Chauvelin. You know why I am here. I will do anything to save my brother. Name your ... price. But release Armand. CHAUVELIN Grappin, you .90. You question the boy. I find I have better things to do tonight. GRAPPIN But- there may be a better way-.. t~ question the boy.

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CHAUVELIN. My men get nothing from him! Mercier, lead Grappin down to the boy. whatever you have to but-' . MARGUERITE NoGRAPPIN You catch a fly with honey, Citizen. A brother will confide in... a sister. CHAUVELIN Umm. Coupeau! Bring the boy! (To Marguerite:) You want your brother to live? (COUPEAU exits.)
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MARGUERITE You have to ask this? CHAUVELIN Two things- Tonight Who is the Pimpernel? Where does he hide while in Paris? Armand will" not live another day if you fail..

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MARGUERITE I will not fail. CHAUVELIN And .. you will' also be a.. friend to me again, yes? (COUPEAU reenters with ARMAND. 'brotner.) MARGUERITE Armand! CHAUVELIN MARGUERITE runs to her

Well, 5t. Just- your sister has come to "save" you. Perhaps you will talk ...to her?
GRAPPIN Citizen, you must leave him alone with his sister. ARMAND

I will not talk.


MARGUERITE

No, Armand, you must! Dear God, tell them about the Pimpernel, and you and I
walk away from here!

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, ARMAND No. I have not slept, I have not eaten- They have tortured meMARGUERITE

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NoARMAND -but I will never betray the Scarlet Pimpernel. Nor will you, Marguerite} Do you , hear me? A finer man never lived. I love this man- who is worth ten of you, you

pig! (ARMAND lunges at CHAUVELIN. CHAUVELIN pushes him to the floor. MARGUERITE tries to slap CHAUVELlN, but he grabs her arm.)
CHAUVElIN I would say, Marguerite, that you will live to regret that Alas .... You will not live. Prepare them for execution. GRAPPIN take them, Citizen, and, we have done with it now. Two quick cuts. CHAUVELIN

No-Let ~

'No. (To MARGUERITE:) You are a stubborn fool! Think what you might have had here with me in France, in your own country. Instead you die as a traitor, and quite alone.
MARGUERITE No, Chauvelin. It is you who are alone.

(COUPEAU and MERCIER exit with MARGUERITE and ARMAND. PERCY, as GRAPPIN, starts to follow'them.)
CHAUVELIN 'Grappin! You- ..stay. GRAPPIN You are wrong to put them in prison. The PimpernelCHAUVELIN Yes- the Pimpernel. My sources- they say he's in Paris. And what do you know about this ring? It bears the crest of the flower?

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GRAPPIN ..Yes, And the fool ..never takes it off. CHAUVELIN And apparently he carries Swiss papers. Every soldier in Paris must know the Pimpernel bears these papers and- this ring! GRAPPIN But the brother and sister- let me take them now beforeCHAUVELIN No! Grappin, you .. do not kill your bait until your mouse .. steps into the trap. Let it be widely known that the St. Justs are to die. Spread it through Paris! GRAPP,N The ... guillotine then? CHAUVELIN Yes. But... not in Paris. No, the Pimpernel's tactics work too well within the crowded streets ... Another guillotine. Elsewhere ... GRAPPIN Why not the seacoast? Guillotines line the French coast. The Pimpernel- he must use a secret harbour. If we could find a way ..
.

CHAUVELIN ...-for the boy to lead us to their harbour ... If the boy were to .. escape .. GRAPPIN If he were to receive a flowered note from the Pimpernel... CHAUVELIN Instructing him to go to their harbour- yes! If only we could do it in the Pimpernel's hand ... How are you at forgery, Grappin? GRAPPIN This one, I think I could manage. CHAUVELIN Excellent! We go to the seacoast then .. where we kill all the pretty birds with one stone! GRAPPIN But you no longer have need of the woman- Let me take her now-

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CHAUVELIN
Out of here, Grappin! Do as I've told you! (GRAPPIN exits.)

REPRISE: WHERE IS THE GIRL (Chauvelin) I REMEMBER I REMEMBER I REMEMBER I REMEMBER

(Chauvelin)

DAYS FULL OF RESTLESSNESS AND'FURY .. NIGHTS THAT WERE DRUNKON DREAMS .. SOMEONE WHO HUNGERED FOR THE GLORY .. HER. ..
to the street.)

(As CHAUVELIN sings, the scene is transformed

LETHERGOI LET HER LIVE, LET HER DIE ON HER OWN! WE ARE ALL OF US BRUISED AND ALONE. NOW WE BOTH WILL HAVE NOTHJNG TO HOLD! LET HER KNOW! HURL IT INTO HER RENEGADE HEART THAT THE BEST OF OUR DREAMS FELL APART! AND THE DARK.OF THE MORNING ...GROWS COLD ..
(CHAUVELIN runs off.-music immediately segues.)

INTO THE BATCAVE {orchestra)

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SCENE FIVE
The Hideaway [The Batcave]
(PERCY, dressed as a friar, stumbles into a darkened room. As lights come up, we see members of The League, hard at work. MARIE and TUSSAUD are busy at a make-shift waxworks. DEWHURST studies maps. BEN and HAL clean and load muskets. FARLEIGH models a soldier uniform for ELTON who acts as a tailor. OZZYsorts through costumes hanging on ersck)

DEWHURST Percy!

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Did you find them? PERCY Yes, ln,the prison. FARLEIGH Dear God. And your wife? She is .....? PERCY My wife's not the fainting sort, Farleigh. She'll hold up and spit them in the eye til her last ...breath. ELTON But did you get near them, Percy? Were you able to(PERCY removes his friar's robe to reveal his Grappin disguise.) PERCY No. No "visiting friars." Even "Grappin" is not allowed near them. (PERCY removes part of his Grappin disguise.)

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ELTON· Chauvelin doesn't suspect-? PERCY No. But he no longer confides in Grappin either. All I know is he'll follow Armand to the seacoast, and there they hope to trap .. all of us. FARLEIGH . Dear Lord- what if Chauvelin brings full armies- ... BEN Percy- what if they arrive by daylight? PERCY Ah, Tussaud. I see your new bride has put you to work already? Good. Marie, how goes it? MARIE We work as quickly as we can, my friend. We will not sleep tonight. PERCY
None of us will. We must be finished by morning. Ben- this demned contraption- does it worK?

BEN We think so, percy. We-· PERCY


Think so?! We Cannotafford guesswork!

No. 19b

STREET DRUMS HAL

(orchestra)

(Several SOLDIERS enter.and cross through upstage.) . Soldiers!

(They all freeze until the SOLDIERS exit.)

. They've gone. PERCY But they'll be back. Tussaud- can you stand watch? Marie': check the front!

(MARIE and TUSSAUD rush out.)


PERCY Quickly! And lock the doors! Blast! Where did you put the bloody uniforms, Elton- and the hats?! Find them. Dewhurst, you've tried this second route to the coast? It's quicker, then? What do we save- close to an hour? DEWHURST But we can't take that route. Remember? The new barricades went up. 'Percy, it's- it's bad this time. Very bad. Ohauvetin's got the city crawling with soldiers.
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Ozz:.r
Zounds, Percy- they're tossin' people up against the walls, willy-nilly .. FARLEIGH pockets, checking passports- ,

Searching

HAL Grabbing hands. Percy" they're seizing the rings off people's fingers! BEN They're looking for your ring .
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ELTON Get rid of the thing, Percy. PERCY No, I can't! Oh, this is madness! No. This must stop. And now. The danger is too great. !will continue. I have every reason to.for if my wife and her brother diei my life .. will be over. But that is not true for the rest of you, my.. dearfriends. I cannot- ... I will not ask you to go forward with me in this reckless plan one moment longer. I insist that you .. go home. Back to England. Tonight. As for Marguerite and Armand- .. I will find a way-... I wil/-...

And we ... will be beside you. REPRISE: INTO THE FIRE (The Bounders: Ozzy, Dewhurst, Farleigh, Elton, Hal & Ben) INTO DARKNESS .. INTO DANGER. .. INTO STORMS THAT RIP THE NIGHT ... DON'T GIVE IN . DON'T GIVE UP . BUT GIVE THANKS FOR THE GLORIOUS FIGHT..

Dewhurst:

Elton:

Hal & Ben:

SOMEONE HAS TO FACE THE VALLEY. RUSH IN- WE HAVE TO RALLY AND WIN, BOYS. WHEN THE WORLD IS SAYING NOTTO, BY GOD, YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOTTO MARCH ON,BOYS. NEVER HOLD BACK YOUR STEP FOR A MOMENT. NEVERDOUBT THAT YOUR COURAGE WILL GROW. HOLD YOUR HEAD EVEN HIGHER. .. AND INTO THE FIRE.. WE GO.
(Fade to Black-music immediately segues and continues under dialogue.)

Farleigh: Dew:

Ozzy: All:

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SCENE SIX
The Prison
(Prisoners crowd the cell. Among them are MARGUERITE ARMAND.) . MARGUERITE Armand ... ARMAND Believe me - we will be saved. MARGUERITE The Pimpernel will not come. No one's coming. We turn to God now. ARMAND Percy would never let us die. and

You don't understand.

MARGUERITE Percy?! Armand, don't do this - it's only harder for both of us. Percy has no idea we're here, and even if he did- No, don't make me think of Percy. Not now. (ARMAND turns away to leave her in peace for

a moment.)

I'LL FORGET YOU (Marguerite & ensemble) (Marguerite) I'LL FORGET YOU. THE MORE YOU STAY INSIDE OF ME, THE WEAKER I GROW. I'LL FORGET YOU. TOMORROW I WILL TURN AND LET YOU GO. I'LL GROW COLDER. I'LL LOSE MYSELF IN ANYTHING BUT YOU NOW, FOR THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO NOW ...BUT FORGET. I'LL FORGET YOU. I WON'T REMEMBER ARMS THAT PULLED ME IN, SOFT AND SLOW. I'LL FORGET YOU. THERE HAS TO BE A WAY TO LET YOU GO! NO MORE SHADOWS, NO DREAMS OF LEANING IN THE DARK ABOVE YOU. I WILL FORGET HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU ... ANY DAY.

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BUT EVRY TIME I CLOSE MY EYES,. YOU COME TO ME AGAIN! I SWEAR I FEEL YOUR TOUCH ...UPON MY SKIN ... YOU HAUNT ME EV'RYWHERE TIL I REACH INTO THE AIR, TREMBLING TO THINK OF ALL THOSE NIGHTS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN! I'LL FORGET YOU! I HEAR YOU WHISPER TO ME IN THE DARK STILL I KNOW I'LL FORGET YOU! GOD HELP ME FIND A WAY TO LET YOU GO! I DO NOT WANT YOU! AND STILL YOU STEAL EACH BREATH I'M BREATHING FROM ME! WITH JUST A TOUCH ... YOU OVERCOME ME... AND I LET YOU ... I WILL FORGET YOU ... WHEN IDIE. .. (Music continues under as a Soldier enters.) COUPEAU Citizens! The tumbrels are here! As your.name is called, move forward- out and into the carts!

(As he reads the names, the prisoners rise and slowly exit.)
MERCIER Citizeness Bibot-Mouret! The former Duc de Pressy and family! The Widow Bridier. Citizeness Helene Dessin and daughter! Citizeness Josephine de Beauharnais! The poet Andre Chenier! Citizen Jean-Baptiste Fauconier! . Madame Lucille Desmoulins! The former Vicomte de Lillet! The former Due de Challis! Armand St. Just!

Chorus:

AAH. ..

Marguerite:

I WILL FORGET YOU ...

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Marguerite St. Just... Marguerite: WHEN IDIE. .. (MARGUERITE crosses to ARMAND. They exit hand in hand.) SOLDIER

(Music segues on .applause.)

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SCENE SEVEN
Outside the Prison RUSE (orchestra) CHAUVELIN'S

(Outside the prison, CHAUVELIN enters followed by ROBESPIERRE. Music continues under dialogue.) ROBESPIERRE Well?

CHAUVELIN
They near the cart .... ROBESPIERRE And the carriage?

CHAUVELIN
In position. ROBESPIERRE You realize,Chauvelin, our heads are on the line over this plan- your head and mine ...The Committee grows ugly ... Do you think they would hesitate to denounce us?

CHAUVELIN
Our men are in place. ROBESPIERRE T~en give the signal. Now. (CHAUVELlN fires a gun.)
Music-fast segue from gunshotlow string tremolo under dialogue. [Bar 1 of next number.}

VOICES OFF They escape! Stop them! Stop that carriage! They're escaping! ROBESPIERRE And?

CHAUVELIN
. It seems, Rc:ibespierre .. we have had another ... .incident. ROBESPIERRE They've escaped?! A pretty plan, Chauvelin! Stylish.

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They're in the carriage! Heading for the West Gate!


.ROBESPJERRE Just so! But the note? The paper with the scarlet flower?

CHAUVELIN

Thrust into the boy's hand. He took it.

CHAUVELIN

ROBESPIERRE

Yes- Let theSt, Justs escape. Make the boy think his own men have rescued himAnd he will lead us to Calais perhaps? B9ulogne? Whichever port the .. f.lS:t~rds b use! He'JI lead us straight to their boat and to the Pimpernel! Robespierre, I vow to you, before a new day dawns,it shall be·recorded that the Scarlet Pimpernel fell to Madame Guillotine!
(Blackout. ) ... ~ IN THE COACH (orchestra with offstage chorus)

CHAUVELIN

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SCENE EIGHT
Interior of a tumbling Carriage
(Lights up on the interior of a rumbling carriage. MARGUERITE calls to ARMAND .. Music continues under$coring dialogue.)

MARGUERITE
Armand! What are you doing?! Comeback! (ARMAND climbs through the carriage window.)

ARMAND
I had to give the driver directions.

MARGUERITE
But where are we going?

To Miquelon. On the

.ssacoast

ARMAND
MARGUERITE

And the driver doesn't know the route?!

ARMAND
Apparently not. Well, he must be someone Percy .. hired .. But couldn't speak with. Yes- So .. he left the directions up to me. What did I tell you, Marguerite? knew they'd save' us! I

MARGUERITE
Someone , Percy hired?

ARMAND
What?

.MARGUERITE
You said Percy. must have hired the driver.

ARMAND
Well, 1-Well, 1haven't slept in three days! Naturally I meant- the Pimpernel.

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MARGUERITE Really, Armand, 1am still aghast that you would recklessly throw yourself in . with the PimpernelARMAND Marguerite, look! The West Gate! We've cleared the barricades! From here, it's open road to the coast. MARGUERITE And you're sure we are not being·followed? Marguerite I've told you- 'Twas Q!!! men saved us! (Showing her the note.) This is our sign: the scarlet flower. MARGUERITE But I hear other horses- several horsesThen it is Percy- why do you worry so? No doubt he set off right behir;ld us- with Dewhurst,for he's the fastest rider, though I'm getting faster every week, Margwsrite. You should see me-... Now, isn't that the strangest thing... I said "Percy" again .. didn't I? MARGUERITE How .....did you meet the Pimpernel, Armand? ARMAND Meet him? 1MARGUERITE Yes, for it would... have to be someone close by you, someone you could .. meet with ... easily, someone you tell me-over and over- is good and strong, even though 1ARMAND You're wrong, Marguerite. 1MARGUERITE Someone no one on God's green earth would suspect, not even his wife!

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ARMAND No, but I sworeMARGUERITE Tell me! , ARMAND Mon Dieu! How am I to keep this secret?! MARGUERITE Is it Percy?! You tell me! ARMAND YES! MARGUERITE OHMYGOD! (Blackout. Music continues for Storm Scene Change. The offstage CHORUS joins the orchestra singing a wordless [Ah-J addition to the melody; then orchestra continues under dialogue.)

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SCENE NINE
A remote spot on the French Seacoast,
(Visible are a rickety pier and a rough-hewn guillotine. Thunder and lightning as ARMAND and MARGUERITE run Music continues under dialogue.)

on.

MARGUERITE
Percy! Percy, where are you?1 ARMAND Ozzy! Dewhurst!

MARGUERITE
My God, Armand. There is a guillotine ... in Miquelon? (THUNDER.) ARMAND No. No. I have never seen this before- BuLthis is Miquelon ..isn't it? . .. ~ Armand, where are we?

MARGUERITE

ARMAND
No, this is Miquelon. There is the pier, the rocks. And look- out there- our boatl And now- ... a guillotine. Oh, God, what has happened to our country, Marguerite? (Thunder as CHAUVELIN appears from behind the guillotine-music segues.) Traitors- this is no longer "your' country. (Thunder.)

CHAUVELIN

CHAUVELIN IN MIQUELON
ARMAND , Oh Lord.. What have I done ..?

(orchestra)

Oh, I think you know what you've done, St. Just. Led yourselves and your leader into a tight little trap. .

CHAUVELIN

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MARGUERITE No...

CHAUVELlN·
So. Miquelon, is it?

(Regarding the guillotine.)

Yes, of course. Much easier to come and go in a modest little fishing village. And what a pleasant surprise we have here. The French Republic grows more efficient by the day. Mademoiselle Guillotine .. tonight you shall kiss the neck of their beloved Pimpernel.

(THUNDER.)

ARMAND
You'll never catch him, Chauvelin!

I believe you're right, Armand. On my own, I never would. But actually I do bring .,. Company.

CHAUVELlN

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(THUNDER.) (As CHAUVELIN shouts this last word, soldiers enter and line the' seascape.)
Percy! Percy-~! MARGUERITE Run! Whereveryou are- ..

CHAUVELlN
Percy? Why-.~do you call for your husband, my dear? MARGUERITE

No.. No .. '

CHAUVELIN
Is it even .. remotely possible-

(PERCY, dressed as GRAPPIN, runs on.)


GRAPPIN Chauvelin!

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CHAUVEUN
Grappin! GRAPPIN It's Blakeney!

(THUNDER.) The Pimpernel- it's that fool Percy Blakeney!


Dear Christ- right in front of my eyes-.. Do you have him?!

CHAUVELIN

God, no-...

MARGUERITE

GRAPPIN He got away! Took off.on his horse with two other men!

Heading where?

CHAUVELIN
GRAPPIN

Toward Calais!

..

Quickly! The entire division to Calaisl Leave me only this squadron- After them!

CHAUVELIN

(THUNDER. All but 10 of the soldiers exlt.)


You're sure it was him? GRAPPIN It's your man.

Did he have Swiss papers?!

CHAUVElIN
GRAPPIN

Yes.

(PERCY hands the papers

to CHAUVELIN.)

Goodl And the ring! Was he wearing the ring?l

CHAUVElIN

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GRAPPIN He was.

(PERCY shows the ring on his hand.)


Good! You got the ring ... You ... got the ring. How ... did you get the ring .. from a man who ... "took off on his horse" ..?

CHAUVELIN

(Music segues.)

PERCY Yes. Well, you've got me there. Can't plan for everything, you know. Enchante, as always, Shovelynnl

No. 22d

THE DUEL

(orchestra)

(Percy removes the Grappin disguise. CHAUVELlNgrabs a sword from one of the soldiers and takes a swing at PERCY.)

MARGUERITE
Percy! Oh God, Percy- lookout!

(PERCY ducks. CHAUVELIN grabs another sword.)


Not.. a one of you .. is to interfere. This fight is... mine. Have a sword, Blakeney because it do shimmer so!

CHAUVEUN

(CHAUVELIN tosses a sword to PERCY.)

MARGUERITE
Percy, don't fight him! Run!

ARMAND
Honestly, MargueritePercy can fight.

MARGUERITE
He can? PERCY That's right.. I can fight!

(PERCY and CHAUVELIN beg;n their dLJel.)

CHAUVELIN
So! A hero! You think the world loves you?

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Not at all! But I think.. Marguerite loves me.

PERCY

Marguerite. Yes. And such a good lover she is. Ah, but Iforget- you wouldn't know about that- would you, Blakeney? (For a moment CHAUVELIN gets the better of PERC", and MARGUERITE grabs a sword, rushing at CHAUVELIN.)

CHAUVELIN

You bastard I

MARGUERITE
(MARGUERITE and PERCY fight CHAUVELlN, until MARGUERITE is disermed.. PERCY and CHAUVELlN continue fighting.)

Run, Marguerite!

PERCY

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(Finally, CHAUVELIN disarms PERCY and holds a sword to his throat-music out.) -

No! Don't kill himl Percy! ( MARGUERITE runs to PERCY.) Ilove you.

MARGUERITE

I love you, oh God, I love you ...


(They embrace.)

PERCY'

Separate them! Pull them apart! f-Iediesnow!

CHAUVELIN PERCY

Yes, Chauvelin. Do it here and now. With your sword. Have the decency to let me die on my feet. By God, I will not lie down for your bloody guillotine!

Your head will fall! Take him!

CHAUVELIN PERCY

No! Let me die like a man!

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CHAUVELIN To the guillotine! Now! , THE DEATH OF PERCY (orchestra)

No.22e

(6 of the soldiers drag PERCY up to the guillotine. The executioner enters as 4 other soldiers restrain MARGUERITE and ARMAND.) MARGUERITE Don't kill him! I'll do anything! ARMAND Percy! No! CHAUVELIN Does The Scarlet Pimpernel ...have any last words? PERCY Only this, Chauvelin ... You may kill me ... But someone else shall take my place. There will always be someone eager to sail into this fire .. (The EXECUTIONER forces Percy's head into the yoke.)

No! No Chauvelin!

Percy, no!

MARGUERITE No! No, you can't! CHAUVELIN on his belly like any worm! MARGUERITE NoCHAUVELIN Citizens, I give you The Scarlet Pimpernel! MARGUERITE

Look at him-laid

Nooooo(The blade falls. Percy's head drops into. the basket. MARGUERITE col/apses in tears-music out.) CHAUVEUN So ... it is done .. It is.. done. Coupeau, Mercier- follow the division to Calais and send them back. Michel, you and Arenot, head to Paris directly. Inform Robespierre and the Committee of this execution. The rest of you .. remain .. (The 4 soldiers guarding MARGUERITE and ARMAND exit.)

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So, Marguerite. Are you ready now .. to come home?

CHAUVELIN

Not with you, old boy. She's coming home with me! No. 22' RETURN OF PERCY (PERCY leaps onto the guillotine.) (orchestra)

PERCY (Off)

Ah Marguerite-I'd never leave you on such short notice. Indeed, I shall never leave you again- not for one moment. As for you, Shovelynn, we~rf);finished. Really- all that business about worms on their bellies- such poor taste! (MARIE and the EXECUTIONER PERCY.) appear on the guillotine behind

PERCY

No, but- ... Not Possible- How in God's name- ..

CHAUVELIN PERCY

Well, Shovelynn.

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It's actually rather hard to kill us nincompoops.

Saw it with my own eyes! The head and- No-It went down- The blade

CHAUVELIN .PERCY

Do try to articulate. The blade- yes- what about the blade?

CHAUVELIN
The blade fel/! That's your head! (MARIE takes Percy's head from the basket.) MARIE I believe he has a question- .. (Holding up the head.) about the head. (Percy takes the head from Marie.)

Oh- the head! Yes. La, but you ~ breathtaking! Beastly good likeness, ain't it? All the work of my friend here, Mademoiselle Grosholtz. . (The EXECUTIONER removes his hood revealing that it is TUSSAUD.)

PERCY

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Beg pardon- they were married just last week. Now she is Madame Tussaud. And quite a clever artist, what? Think there may be a future in it for her. CHAUVELIN

(To the remaining 6 soldiers.)


Seize him: .. Seize him.

(None of the soldiers move.)


PERCY No, no, Shovelynn. Like.this. Seize him.

(The soldiers surround Chauvelin.) You see? One has to say it with authority. That's what this world needscommitment, conviction, couraqe. (Sings) AND THAT IS WHY THE LORD CREATED MEN!
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(Laughing, the soldiers now reveal themselves to be DEWHURST, ozzv, ELTON, FARLEIGH, HAL and BEN.)
PERCY Tie him up, boys. So good of you, Shovelynn, to have sent your soldiers away and left me mine. Infinitely more convenient: Boat ready then, is it, Ben? BEN Yes, Percy. PERCY Well done! I believe we have now tied up all our loose ends- No, wait! I'm forgetting one thing. Shovelynn ...ariY"last words" from you? .

(PERCY stuffs a gag into ,Chauvelin's mouth.)

No? No.open confessions? Ah, but they will find you, old boy, ,carryin' those infamous Swiss papers, and

(Slipping the ring onto Chauvelin's hand) wearin' the ring of the Scarlet PimpemeJ.Outright confessions are so much
,more efficient, don't you think? Boys- deliver our hero to the town square, will you? And hang lovely sign about his neckrGod help me, I am the Scarlet Pimpernel r

(As most of the men carry CHAUVELIN out, laughing)


Ozzy! Dewhurst! Break out the dorries- we sail for Eng!and!

No. 23
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FINALE/REPRISE:WHEN I LOOK AT YOU


(Marguerite, Percy and' [offstage] chorus) PERCY'S MEN

For England! Home! etc.

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(MARGUERITE and PERCY are a/one on the stage.' They just stare at each other. Then sloWly MARGUERITE walks to him, reaches up and touches his face. His lips graze her hand. They are both trembling.)

MARGUERITE
Percy ... Take me home ... (Music continues .as they move forward onto the boat.)