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Baroness Emmuska Orczy


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Baroness Emmuska Orczy : The Scarlet Pimpernel

in 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' there was the key line, 'That demmed elusive Pimpernel'; and, of course, 'demmed' would never do, so Mother substituted 'awful'. I think she deliberately chose a word which did not scan and which obviously was not the original one... 'The Scarlet Pimpernel', incidentally, was another great favourite of Mother's...

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Beer      Print: Book


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