The French connection

Why would you knit a French connection between ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ and ‘From Russia with Love’?
William Adolphe Bouguereau (1879)

I guess this is still ‘work in progress’the comments point to how difficult it is to frame a question for an unmoderated quiz. Firstly the expected searches and answers found:

LEFT mouse click – scroll across complete question then RIGHT mouse click select search:

Why would you knit a French connection between ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ and ‘From Russia with Love’?

This reveals (on the first search results page) the following:

‘Tricoteuse’ but the ‘expected link’ was.

  • In Charles Dickens‘s novel A Tale of Two Cities, the character Madame Defarge is a particularly bloodthirsty tricoteuse during the Reign of Terror. She and her fellow guillotine-watchers encrypt the names of those executed (and other information) into their hand-knit goods by using different sequences of stitches, creating a sort of Morse code from yarn.
  • In the first chapter of Baroness Emma Orczy‘s novel The Scarlet Pimpernel the Pimpernel disguises himself as a cart-driving tricoteuse in order to smuggle aristocrats out of Paris.
  • The final chapter in Ian Fleming‘s novel From Russia With Love is titled La Tricoteuse because the head of SMERSH, Rosa Klebb, is frequently associated with the tricoteuse throughout the novel.

WIKID 😉

The same result came from – A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ and ‘From Russia with Love

The question should probably have been framed as:

  1. What word links A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ and ‘From Russia with Love, with the following pictureand why?
    1. As shown originally – above – this is easy!
  2. What word links A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ and ‘From Russia with Love, with the following picture – and why?
    1. With no captions or a link on the picture this is quite difficult without a graphic search engine!
  3. What word links A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ and ‘From Russia with Love, with William-Adolphe Bouguereau and why?
    1. With no picture this question would be in two parts
      1. The answer found above
      2. The hard bit? Connecting Tricoteuse with Bougeureau!

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