When the girls opened the front door they found a sealed envelope; and inside the envelope was an announcement inviting them to Lord Grenville's Masquerade Ball,
which will mark the opening of the school year.
When Sophia figures out that she has to wear a ball gown, she jumps for joy:
Here is the letter signed with the signet of the Scarlet Pimpernel, which they know nothing about,
but will soon learn more as I send them messages leading up to the ball
with further instructions for them to prepare for the year before they attend the ball in August.
The announcement reads:
(Taken from the The Scarlet Pimpernel)
It is with great honor to announce
that you have been invited to attend
one of the year's grandest and most brilliant functions:
Lord Grenville's Masquerade Ball
August 25, 2012
the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs,
Please come in your most distinguished attire.
Time and place to be announced.
Other instructions to come include:
* watching The Scarlet Pimpernel and learning about Percy Blankeney
* creating a signet or seal like the Pimpernel (that represents themselves)
* making a mask to wear to the ball (that represents themselves and reflects their seal)
At the ball, the Scarlet Pimpernel will be there to invite them to join his league
in the quest to find Truth, Beauty, and Goodness
in art, music, and historical events from the Renaissance period through the early 1900s.
P.S. This is all still a secret!