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Sir Percy - "Into the Fire"

David walked into the valley with a stone clutched in his hand.
He was only a boy, but he knew someone must take a stand.

Let the lightning strike!
Let the flash of it shock you!
Choke your fears away - pull as tight as a wire.
Let the fever strike!
Let the force of it rock you!
We will have our day, sailing into the fire!

 

 

Underneath the adventure and breathless escapes, The Scarlet Pimpernel is a story of sacrifice, of taking a stand against greater odds no matter what the cost. The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel is dedicated to following Sir Percy "into the fire," against the tyrannies of the French Revolution's Terror; their beliefs in freedom mean more to them then their safety.

 

Why are we attracted to stories of sacrifice? Do you think there would be a time when you would stand up for an ideal? Is this an old-fashioned idea? Why or why not?

Study the work and non-violent philosophies of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. How has the idea of non-violent protest given us new ways to fight injustice? What are the different non-violent ways we can fight injustice today?

In The Scarlet Pimpernel, Percy sings of David taking a stand against the giant Goliath. Why are we attracted to stories of the "underdog," of people taking a stand against great odds?

 

He had always been so intensely alive to me that at any moment I could conjure up pictures of him in the turmoil of revolutions and persecutions, ready to help and relieve sorrows and sufferings with his boundless energy and his resourceful brain.
- Baroness Orczy, Links in the Chain of Life

 

Onward Ho!




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