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Compare and Contrast : Sir Percy vs. Chauvelin from the Scarlet Pimpernel
Many objects and people these days have the ability to be compared and
contrasted. For example, you could compare and contrast a dog and a cat. A dog
is most commonly a house pet, like the cat. But a dog has more of an ability to
be trained, unlike the cat. But it’s not the subject of comparing a dog and a cat.
It’s time to begin comparing and contrasting Sir Percy and Chauvelin from The
Scarlet Pimpernel, a book written by Baroness Orczy.
Let’s start with comparing Percy and Chauvelin. Something that they
have in common is that they both are smart and creative. For example, Percy
showed his creativity by outwitting Chauvelin at the Chat Gris. When Percy
offered Chauvelin the snuff, but it really was pepper, that was definite creativity.
Chauvelin shows his smarts when he holds Armand hostage and blackmails
Margueritte. Really, how else can you think of that would make Margueritte do
anything for Chauvelin?
Another way that the two are alike is that they both are fighting for
what they believe in. Percy is trying to free the aristocrats, while Chauvelin is
attempting to prevent the aristocrats from leaving. Both are totally devoted to
their job and are fighting for what they believe. Like how Percy could get killed
at any time if he gets caught by Chauvelin. Speaking of Chauvelin, he himself is
not a liked man ; there are many that wouldn’t mind his little head on a stick, eh?
The third way that Chauvelin and Sir Percy are alike is that they both use
disguises in the book. Percy uses a disguise when he is trying to smuggle out
aristocrats. His was of an old hag, and it allowed him to bypass the guards. He
said that he was toting along his son who had the plague. Percy also had many
accessories with his tricks. This time he used a rope of braids that Percy said
were from the men who’s heads got cut off. Yikes! Chauvelin’s disguise was of a
clergyman, used while he was tracking down the Scarlet Pimpernel. This
disguise allowed him to not be recognized immediately by Percy, but still he
recognized Chauvelin eventually.
Moving on to contrast, Percy and Chauvelin do not think alike. Yes, they
are both very smart, but Chauvelin plays dirty while Percy sticks to the rules. For
example, Chauvelin will kidnap people and blackmail them. He kidnapped
Armand and made Margueritte lead him to the Pimpernel or else Chauvelin
would kill Armand. Percy, on the other hand, plays fair and is very polite. Like
the time when Percy’s life was in danger at the Chat Gris. When he was leaving,
and minutes away from his death, did he dash out the door? No, he politely paid
for his meal and left. Now that’s nice !
Another thing that the two characters do not have in common is how
they direct their men. Chauvelin is more of a guy who will tell his men to do
something, yet Chauvelin doesn’t do anything but direct. He will say, “Men,
shoot at that hut when the tall man comes!” But does he have a gun in hand?
Nope. Percy, though, will tell his men to do something, and you can bet that he
will be up there. Like when he rescues aristocrats, Percy is the one leading the
cart passed the guards, risking his own life.
The third thing that these two men don’t have in common is their view’s
on aristocrats. Sir Percy is fighting for his life to save these poor French souls,
but Chauvelin is trying his best to kill them all. Chauvelin’s job is to find deliver
the aristocrats that are sinning on their country to Madame La Guillotine. Totally
opposite is Percy’s job of rescuing these doomed French from death during their
In conclusion, it’s easy to see that these two men have a lot in common.
They are both smart and creative, they both fight for what they believe, and they
both use disguises sometimes. On the other hand, these men don’t really think
alike, they are two different directors, and their views are different on aristocrats.
All in all, these two men share many similarities, but their differences outweigh
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