First off....to all you girls who have just gasped loudly and are now picking up rocks to hurl at my head for even suggesting that anyone could even find a fault with Sir Percy....please set the rocks down (a little farther from you if you please...thank you)...........Because I actually have three faults with him. But keep reading.
Back-story: Lately I've been thinking about The Scarlet Pimpernel (Like that's new!) and after reading the post on this blog written by Miss Dashwood about Armand St. Just a thought came to mind. I thought I'd share it with ye all! :) (oh, and you had better like smiley-faces because I am a ardent believer that one can never have too many smiles on one's blog posts. Thus, I am a bit addicted to them.)
Let me say that I will not be easy on the man. Percy gets that from every other post on this blog and by every other person who reads or watches him. I've always liked a good argument (I am ashamed to say) and so I won't go light on him. *clears throat and grabs a handful of popcorn along with a sip of soda-pop before continuing this blog post rife with controversy*.
Now it's only been said a few hundred times - So hey! what's one more time? - Sir Percy Blakeney is amazing. If for no other reason than he can lean against a tree very heroically.
Plus - he has excellent taste in cravats, and there are so many good lines he says that my sister and I could carry out a 5-minute conversation using only his quotes!
Er-hem! "Movin' on!" (I also quote Night at the Museum very often.) I also get insanely distracted, in case you can't tell. I'm beginning to think I have ADHD........... Right. Where was I? Oh yes! Sir Percy Blakeney, Bart.
I should probably get to my point, or I'll drive you all mad with wondering what could possibly be Percy's biggest fault?! So without further ado, I shall tell you. (I am a poet. And you did not know it, what! *chuckles*) Here they are.................
Sir Percy's 1st Fault: He is insanely prideful. And I mean really prideful.
Now he does have two different kinds of pride, I will say. Here is the first, which is different than the second and I don't really think it's "bad" per-say:
#1 - His pride for his country and his duty to save Aristos from the guillotine because it is the right thing to do. This is not the pride that was attempted to be humbled in "The Elusive Pimpernel" I don't believe.
#2 - His pride *in* his duty to save Aristos. Now that may have sounded like the exact same thing, but I believe they can be different.
The first one is more a question of "The right or wrong thing to do". He doesn't allow the Aristos to die because it goes completely against humanity. The second one is more of a pride "in his saving them". The daring exploits and the witty banter with Chauvelin. It mentions how many times that Percy loves the "sport" of the intense rescues? I honestly believe that this is the pride that Chauvelin attempted to humble in "The Elusive Pimpernel".
He comes across to me as always saying that he travels to France multiple times each week for the "sole purpose to rescue Aristocrats - no matter what the outcome is for him in the end". If that's the case, then he shouldn't care if everyone in England hates him. Those closest to him would believe him and still follow him to the guillotine to save the innocent people. If he really did "die from the shame" as Chauvelin predicted he would...then I'm sorry....but Sir Percy would be pathetic for caring that much what people think of him.
My point to all that rambling? Cool your pride, Percival Blakeney, and humble yourself for a little while! Go take a nap. Buy a little fluffy kitten or something. ;)
[On a random note: Is it just me, or do you guys think AA looks insanely skinny in TSP1982? I know the guys back then wore undergarments that were much like the women's stays (weird, I know) but I don't think they'd use those for a movie. He just looks really thin. Anyway....]
Sir Percy's 2nd Problem: His attitude towards his wife and their relationship.
Did anyone frown at Sir Percy while reading chapter 16 ("Richmond") of The Scarlet Pimpernel for the first time? I mean honestly? Even if you knew the whole story, weren't you a little disturbed by Percy's attitude towards Marguerite? I know I was. I will split this into two parts.
He won't admit he's in love. (He needs to go listen to "Won't Say I'm in Love" from Hercules.) What harm could it do to tell her he loves her? He didn't have to actually say: "Marguerite, my darling! I love you more than words can express (he does always go tongue-tied in her presence...don't he?). I have loved you from the very first day! Oh! And I'm The Scarlet Pimpernel!! Surprise! But I didn't want to tell you before because I don't trust you....my wife..... and I'm afraid you'll betray me......your husband!" *shakes head grinning* Hehe! That would be very comical.
What was he trying to prove by not telling her? It doesn't help their already-worn relationship by not saying it. (He also needs to listen to "How Does She Know?" from Enchanted!) He doesn't have to tell her that he's the Scarlet Pimpernel. He could say that there is stuff he doesn't want to discuss with her if the conversations drifted that way. He didn't have to press his 'turn off' button. I honestly believe she would have respected him worlds more if he had been honest with her from the beginning. Even after he found out about St. Cyr. I think Armand was correct to some degrees when he angrily said: "You do not know how to love!"
I'm sorry, Percy! I know you love Marguerite!
They don't even live in the same part of the house. That was just plain depressing when I read that. :( And I blame that entirely on Percy. I don't care if they hate each other - the fact of the matter is that they are married to each other. They're one. "You don't live on opposite ends of the house, sillies!" I'm not saying he doesn't love Marguerite. Don't get me wrong. He just needed some work, as we all do! ;)
Maybe I'm just too "picky" when it comes to books and movies. I am a Christian and so have a Christian mind-set while watching many movies and reading books. Perhaps I just expect too much....
After all that, I have to say that I am sooooooooo happy Baroness Orczy kept all that in the books!!! :) It shows that he's human after all and isn't perfect! This whole post was from the mind-view of the books, not the movies. :) He wasn't nearly as bad in these areas in the movie as in the books.
I wouldn't normally have been so strait-forward and judgmental with characters like I just was, but I thought that since he is looked upon so much as being almost perfect, he deserved to have some of the problems I found with him shared. I hope you all don't hate me now. :)
Don't get me wrong: I love Sir Percy (I even drew a picture of him one day when I was bored) and I believe that the whole pride-issue is not in the books very often. For 95% of the time he really does cares about others and not himself. After re-reading this post I was thinking: "Percy!! I'm sorry!! I still like you! Really!!!" He's probably looking at me right now in his most foppish way possible with that smile of his - which is always ready for a laugh - on his lips in a most disapproving way.
I hope you enjoyed this post!! Even those of you holding the rocks. *grin* Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to post on one of my favorite blogs ever!! :D This post was a blast to write and the readers of my own blog are probably ready to tear my head off if I mention Sir Percy one more time. :) he. he. heee. yeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh. And now all I have to say is -
Anna Grace is a Christian, sixteen-year-old homeschooler who is not allowed to stay in her PJ's all day. ;) She loves most everything retro. Primarily 1920's-1940's. She enjoys ASL (American Sign Language) and piano. When she is not blogging she may be found reading, playing piano, daydreaming, watching some new-found movie or TV show (such as the BBC TV show titled 'Merlin'), or Skypeing with her friend while watching 'Grimm' together! She believes Merlin is much nicer and better at 'saving the world' than Harry Potter, Sir Percy Blakeney is much more cunning than Sherlock Holmes, Raoul is much more of a gentleman than the Phantom, and Davie Balfour is a much better lover than Peeta Mallark!