Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Scarlet Pimpernel Snippets of Trivia #1


Did You Know?

Sir Percy Blakeney's famous catchphrase "Sink me!", though spoken eleven times in the 1982 film version, does not appear in Baroness Orczy's original novel The Scarlet Pimpernel.

10 comments:

Maria Elisabeth said...

Really, what *was* Baroness O. thinking of when she left it out? At least she did mention the eyeglass-thingie that he moves around when he says it.

(It's somewhere in one of the first few chapters. It took a long time to find it, but it is there.)

Alexandra said...

OMS! You're so right! WOW.

I know that he does say it at some point in one of the sequels. I'm positive I read it in one of them. Argh, and now I can't think of it. But you're so right. Wow, never really thought of that before. Maria's right...what was Baroness Orczy thinking?

(GREAT trivia, btw. And you should get a reward - "a TSP trivia that Alexandra actually didn't know." LOL.)

Hayden said...

Shocking! How did I not know this?

It's like knowing that Sherlock Holmes never once says, "Elementary, My dear Watson."

But no "Sink Me" ???
Really, I'm quite surprised Baroness Orczy forgot to out that in there.... :)

Anonymous said...

Ugh! And *I* didn't know that. Well, I guess I'm not as knowledgeable as I thought I was....

Like the others said, why did Baroness Orczy leave it out?!

Ashley

Hayden said...

put. I mean put that in there! Uh...those typos...!!!

Natasha Marie said...

Sink me! I never noticed that! ;)
How interesting...

Miss Dashwood said...

Maria, when you said "it took a long time to find it but it's there" were you talking about the eyeglass thingy or the "sink me"? Because I scoured the book and couldn't find "sink me" ANYWHERE.

Alexandra, I'm sadly ignorant about the sequels, having only read The Elusive P. and The League of the S.P. (which was rather disappointing, only a collection of short stories in which Marguerite hardly appeared) but I'm halfway through El Dorado and it. is. awesomeness.
Wow, I knew a TSP trivia that you didn't???

Hayden,
I know, I was so disappointed when I found that out about Holmes... oh, well, he says a lot of other great things.
"Then there was the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime."
"The dog did nothing in the nighttime."
"That was the curious incident."

Maria Elisabeth said...

I meant the eyeglass thingy, not the sink me.

Miss Dashwood said...

Oh, okay, good, because I was thinking, "Oh nooooo, I wrote something completely inaccurate in my very first post" and I was going to go bang my head against the wall.

But I'm glad you meant the eyeglass thingy. :)

Madeleine Durand said...

For a moment I couldn't believe it! Then I remembered that he says "Odd's Fish, m'dear!" and "Zounds!" instead. I believe he says "Sink me!" in some of the sequels, though... so it isn't quite as bad as the Holmes thingy...

Oh, I do love Sir Percival Blakeney! I'm so happy that I found this blog!