Why we love the Pimpernel - Part 1
He's a master of disguise
In the stage play, Fred Terry used to use an uncredited old woman to sit knitting at the foot of the guillotine, so that when, after some shenanigans in the wings, "she" metamorphosed into the dashing Pimpernel, there was a genuine gasp of amazement from the audience.
His ultimate disguise was that of a useless dandy, a man who cared for nothing but the style of his cravat. It was so convincing that no one ever guessed who he really was.
Which makes us wonder, was the Pimpernel the first superhero?