History Funny / HoratioHornblower

21st Mar '17 7:25:27 PM eowynjedi
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* The RunningGag of Bush, Crystal, and/or Gerard bickering about whether or not the enemy officers are doing this or that with their guns and navigation.


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* Near the end of ''Flying Colours'', the escape from France finally concludes when Hornblower, Bush, and Brown are hailed by the ''Triumph''. Hornblower decides to hell with it and gives the standard answer--Captain Horatio Hornblower, captain of His Majesty's cutter ''Witch of Endor'', knowing full well he's been "dead" for half a year and his ship has been an enemy prize for a whole one. The ''Triumph's'' officer of the watch does a verbal DoubleTake.
3rd Mar '17 6:30:08 PM eowynjedi
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* When Freeman starts wondering aloud how their mission will go in ''Lord Hornblower'', Hornblower (privately anxious as usual) snaps that idle speculation is pointless, fully expecting that a display of crabbiness will shut him up. Imagine his shock when Freeman unabashedly replies that idle speculation is ''interesting'', forcing Hornblower to lamely say that he just doesn't want to speculate, and privately acknowledge that he's gotten way too comfortable with misusing his long-suffering friend Bush in this fashion.
26th Feb '17 9:20:02 AM eowynjedi
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* Bush and one of the ''Lydia's'' other lieutenants make a bet--Bush knows exactly what the captain will say to Lady Barbara when she comes aboard. Cut to Hornblower greeting her with an incomprehensible, awkward cough, then back to Bush with a very satisfied look on his face.

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* Bush and one of the ''Lydia's'' other lieutenants make a bet--Bush knows exactly what the captain will say to When Lady Barbara when she comes aboard. Cut to aboard, Gerard notes that they've never seen Captain Hornblower greeting her with an incomprehensible, awkward cough, then back speak to a lady. Bush still knows the ''exact'' words he'll say, and they make a bet on it. What are they? An awkward, incomprehensible cough. Cut to Bush with a very satisfied look on silently holding out his face.
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* From "Retribution": '''I CAN'T SWIM!''' Shouted by a [[NotSoStoic panicked]] Lieutenant Bush as Hornblower and Archie basically drag him off of a cliff with them to avoid getting killed by an [[StuffBlowingUp exploding Spanish fort]] and being stranded on an island held by the slave rebel army. For those wondering about an officer of the Navy who cannot swim, read an article on WoodenShipsAndIronMen. It was a fairly common thing. Later on, when Archie questions his own bravery, Hornblower points out that he jumped off a cliff into the ocean accompanied by "A man afraid of heights and another who couldn't swim." [[spoiler:Which would be funny if Archie hadn't been dying.]]

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* From "Retribution": '''I CAN'T SWIM!''' Shouted by a [[NotSoStoic panicked]] Lieutenant Bush as Hornblower and Archie basically drag him off of a cliff with them to avoid getting killed by an [[StuffBlowingUp exploding Spanish fort]] and being stranded on an island held by the slave rebel army. For (For those wondering about an officer of the Navy who cannot swim, read an article on WoodenShipsAndIronMen. It was a fairly common thing. ) Later on, when Archie questions his own bravery, Hornblower points out that he jumped off a cliff into the ocean accompanied by "A man afraid of heights and another who couldn't swim." [[spoiler:Which would be funny if Archie hadn't been dying.]]
18th Feb '17 4:40:35 PM eowynjedi
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* Bush training the signal midshipman in ''Hotspur'' at the top of his lungs, alternating with calmly informing Hornblower what the signals say. At one point, Hornblower mentally likens his bellowing to the cow in the ration boat.[[note]]Also some awesome writing by Forester, who doesn't need to use caps or italics for the reader to immediately realize the contrast.[[/note]]

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* Bush training the signal midshipman in ''Hotspur'' at the top of his lungs, alternating with calmly informing Hornblower what the signals say. At one point, Hornblower mentally likens his bellowing to the cow in the ration boat.[[note]]Also some awesome writing by Forester, who doesn't need to use caps or italics for the reader to immediately realize the contrast.[[/note]][[/note]] And his double exasperation because Hornblower won't let him swear at them.


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* Sitting down to dinner with the fleet captains and Admiral Cornwallis, Hornblower mentally adds a postscript to the naval protocol about commencing the salute when the admiral's head reaches the level of the deck: "When the admiral's bottom shall touch the seat of his chair...."
13th Feb '17 5:36:37 PM eowynjedi
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* Whenever Commodore Hornblower visits a different ship in his squadron, it has to fire a salute, and the novelty wears off quick. On instinct, he snaps "Belay that nonsense!" when he boards Mound's bomb-ketch and is momentarily horrified with himself for dismissing [[SeriousBusiness a sacred ceremony]] in such a way, and Mound is grinning as he orders his men to stop.
12th Feb '17 6:58:39 PM eowynjedi
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* The dinner that Captain Cogshill hosts near the end of ''Lieutenant'', [[spoiler:after he takes command and the court of inquiry concludes that there is no need for a trial]]. Cogshill then proceeds to get himself, Bush, and Buckland absolutely sloshed with half the drinks brewed in Europe. Bush's mood improves with each successive toast (such as "Glorious war, oceans of gore, prizes galore, and beauty ashore"). The text notes that for the rest of his life, Bush remembers it as "one of the most successful dinners he ever attended."
* Bush training the signal midshipman in ''Hotspur'' at the top of his lungs, alternating with calmly informing Hornblower what the signals say. At one point, Hornblower mentally likens his bellowing to the cow in the ration boat.
--> [[note]]emphasis added[[/note]] "'''Of course it does! You ought to know all routine signals by now, Mr. Foreman, you've had long enough.''' Sir, ''Tonnant'' signals us to send a boat."

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* The dinner that Captain Cogshill hosts near the end of ''Lieutenant'', [[spoiler:after he takes command and After the court of inquiry concludes that there is no need for a trial]]. Cogshill at the end of ''Lieutenant Hornblower'', Cogshill, the ship's new captain, invites his three new lieutenants to dinner. He then proceeds to get himself, Bush, all of them utterly soused and Buckland absolutely sloshed with apparently has brought half of the drinks brewed in Europe. Europe to celebrate. Bush's mood improves with each successive toast (such as (his own contribution is "Glorious war, oceans of gore, prizes galore, and beauty ashore"). ashore," and he's very proud to have remembered it). When Hornblower is called away and returns with a promotion, Bush cheers loudly and serenades him with "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" when they're weaving back to their cabins. The text notes that for the rest of his life, Bush remembers always remembered it as "one one of the most successful dinners he ever attended."
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* Bush training the signal midshipman in ''Hotspur'' at the top of his lungs, alternating with calmly informing Hornblower what the signals say. At one point, Hornblower mentally likens his bellowing to the cow in the ration boat.
boat.[[note]]Also some awesome writing by Forester, who doesn't need to use caps or italics for the reader to immediately realize the contrast.[[/note]]
--> [[note]]emphasis added[[/note]] "'''Of "Of course it does! You ought to know all routine signals by now, Mr. Foreman, you've had long enough.''' Sir, ''Tonnant'' signals us to send a boat."
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* During the tense SternChase with the Loire, Mr. Prowse is being rather gloomy about their chances. Hornblower really ''wants'' to say "Perhaps you'd advise us to haul down our colours now and save the trouble." (But he can't, because it would contradict the Articles of War.)

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* During the tense SternChase with the Loire, Mr. Prowse is being rather full of gloomy about their chances.predictions. Hornblower really ''wants'' to say "Perhaps you'd advise us to haul down our colours now and save the trouble." (But he can't, because it would contradict the Articles of War.)



* Admiral Hornblower discovers [[OhCrap to his dismay]] in ''West Indies'' that the Governour's Daughter has fallen in love with him with the obsessive tendency that [[FanGirl only a teenage girl can muster]]. Through the course of the story, he manages to redirect her affections towards one of his lieutenants, who being both young and unmarried, is much more appreciative of the attention.

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* Admiral Hornblower discovers [[OhCrap to his dismay]] in ''West Indies'' that the Governour's Daughter daughter has fallen in love with him with the obsessive tendency that [[FanGirl only a teenage girl can muster]]. Through the course of the story, he manages to redirect her affections towards one of his lieutenants, who being both young and unmarried, is much more appreciative of the attention.



--> '''Captain Pellew''': ''(forcing a smile)'' Get him over the side. *beat* With dignity.

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--> '''Captain Pellew''': ''(forcing a smile)'' Get him over the side. *beat* [beat] With dignity.
9th Feb '17 8:17:25 PM eowynjedi
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* In "Loyalty," Bush, without even looking up, [[FunnyBackgroundEvent silently sticks his arm out]] to prevent Côtard from storming off to badger Horatio right after Horatio's boarded the ship.
* Orrock overenthusiastically leading Horatio and Maria's wedding carriage--drawn by twenty sailors--through the streets, yelling and waving his hat like a schoolboy.
9th Feb '17 5:14:40 PM eowynjedi
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* From the same episode, Horatio's search for a clean uniform to take the exam in is given the same treatment as Horatio undertaking some daring and dangerous tactic--he even gets the action leitmotif as he hunts down a clean shirt and bargains with the steward to use the flatiron.
2nd Feb '17 11:07:57 AM eowynjedi
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* In "Mutiny," Matthews quietly informs Horatio that not all of the crew is satisfied with the way Sawyer is handling the ship. Horatio tells him to bite his tongue.
-->'''Matthews:''' Aye-aye, sir. [without missing a beat] I speak for a third of the crew, sir.
27th Jan '17 7:49:55 PM eowynjedi
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* A subtle moment in "The Examination for Lieutenant" when Horatio is rowing Mr. Tapling to shore to negotiate supplies. Hornblower gives the orders "lay on your oars" first and then "toss your oars." The order means to raise the oars vertically, but Tapling gives him a "what the hell?" look, apparently taking it more literally.
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