Discussion questions – Scarlet Pimpernel: Having read the novel
Having read the novel, students are now ready to discuss their reactions and evaluations of the themes of the novel. Here are some topics and questions for exploration.
1. Compare the behavior of Lady Blakeney at the beginning of the novel and after she spies for Chauvelin. What marks the turning point in her behavior towards her husband?
2. Motivates Lord Blakeney and his band to put themselves at risk in order to save French aristocrats from death?
3. Review the several speeches Percy and others make about their motives and determine if they should be accepted at face value. Why do you think they act as they do?