Marguerite Blakeney

Name: Marguerite Blakeney

Gender: female

Age: 26-ish

Fandom: The Scarlet Pimpernel (musical)

PB: Christine Andreas

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Canon History

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Marguerite retires from her career on the stage to marry an English aristocrat, Sir Percy Blakeney. On the night of their wedding, Percy discovers that his friend, the Marquis de St. Cyr has been executed and that she is responsible for it. He doesn't ask her how or why so she is unable to explain how Chauvelin blackmailed her into giving the information. Instead, he spurns her bed and rallies his friends to rescue the suffering innocents in France. Marguerite is left alone as Percy and her brother travel back and forth to France on their missions. Percy even refuses her an honest explanation.

When a lonely Marguerite complains of their absences to her brother, Armand St. Just, he defends Percy' despite Marguerite's protestations that Percy has grown distant and flippant to her. When Chauvelin requests Marguerite's help in tracking down the Scarlet Pimpernel, she refuses him despite her estrangement. Marguerite tries to prevent Armand going to France again, but he leaves anyway.

Armand is arrested in France, and Chauvelin uses this to force Marguerite to identify the Pimpernel through questioning Percy's friends at the Prince's Ball. A meeting is arranged at the footbridge, but Marguerite goes early to warn the Pimpernel away and beg him to help her brother. The Pimpernel gives orders to his men and uses his foppish disguise to escape Chauvelin's suspicions.

Unsure whether her pleas will save her brother, Marguerite goes to France in disguise to find him herself. Chauvelin recognizes her and takes to her to see Armand, who has been denying Chauvelin and his men the information they seek. Marguerite promises to get what Chauvelin wants if she is left alone with Armand for an hour, but when she reveals her plan to escape back to England, Chauvelin overhears and orders them both to be executed. He arranges for a false rescue from the scaffold assuming that Armand would run straight to the Pimpernel, which he does. Along the road, she finds out about her husband's secret identity.

When they arrive in Michelon, Chauvelin duels with Percy. When he wins, he sends Marguerite and Armand off to be beheaded. When he also orders the Pimpernel guillotined, Percy calls his bluff and reveals the trap he'd planned to catch the wily Frenchman. Chauvelin is left with evidence pointing to him as the Pimpernel, and everyone else goes home to England.

Appearance

Marguerite is tiny, brunette and fiery. Her carriage is theatrically upright and she dresses comfortably as an English lady of class. Her mouth pouts as easily as it smiles.

Personality

As a Frenchwoman, Marguerite likes to play up that she's open and vivacious to the more staid English aristocrats. But inside, she is a woman of deep feeling and intelligence. She is much more reserved in her heart than she likes to show. For most of their lives, her younger brother was her only confidant, and they were fiercely protective of on another. Even though she is very lonely, she still entertains the English ladies in her home, losing herself in garden parties and balls. Planning social occasions is almost the only way she knows how to relate to hordes of near-strangers. It's all an act. Marguerite St. Just was France's premiere actress, after all. Marguerite Blakeney does no less.

Relationships

RP Canon

When she arrived on the ship, she was glad to know her brother was there. At least he was safe. But his actions confused her, and she didn't care for Gordon, even before he dumped her little brother. Armand sulked and quarreled with her, as if he blamed her for what had happened. So she kept quiet and waited and planned to have a garden party on the ship. She met a few charming young men and even a young lady friend or two, and had her party months off schedule. However, it did seem to succeed in her chief aim to cheer up Armand, who seemed to fall for Sherehezade at the party. Now she's just waiting for a wedding invitation (or her husband).

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