- Acquire copy of The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
- Write each of the following words on an individual slip of paper: merry, childlike, lazy, inane, cunning, la, odd’s fish, zounds
- Drop papers into a bowl and mix them up
- Each player draws one slip of paper from the bowl and arms themself with the drink of their choice
- Each player then takes it in turn to open the book at a random page. Anyone whose word appears on the page takes a swig of their drink.
- Repeat step 5 until very drunk and swearing that you will never touch Baroness Orczy again. Shouldn’t take long.
Oh, well, perhaps I am a bit harsh on the old Baroness, but it is thus far that a childhood hero has fallen. I loved the Scarlet Pimpernel when I was a soppy teen. I read and re-read the books in the school library (the same school library that had all the Heyer), and I watched and re-watched the film with Anthony Andrews as Sir Percy and Jane Seymour as Marguerite.
Alas, meeting Blakeney again some *ahem* years later, it was all a bit silly and instead of provoking deep sighs it called forth dramatic eye rolling and mutterings that ‘for someone known as the “cleverest woman in Europe”, Marguerite Blakeney is a bit dim’.