History Literature / HoratioHornblower

25th Feb '17 4:57:06 PM eowynjedi
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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: ''Lieutenant Hornblower'' is the only novel or short story narrated from the perspective from someone other than the title character, namely through Mr. Bush. It demonstrates his sturdy, uncomplicated character and although he's not as innovative as his younger friend, he's able to see Hornblower more clearly than Hornblower sees himself.
22nd Feb '17 6:27:30 PM eowynjedi
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* FoodPorn: Usually, Hornblower dines on brine meat, weevily biscuits, and burnt-bread coffee. Whenever he gets to eat something more palatable, it's described in great detail. Particularly notable is Pellew's dinner in ''Hotspur,'' which goes on for several pages about the steak-and-kidney pies, cheeses, wines, ragout, and fresh veg.
* ForgetsToEat: Hornblower has a habit of not realizing he's just spent the entire day conducting an on-and-off battle battle (or some other action requiring physical and mental rigor) only on the strength of his breakfast.

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* FoodPorn: Usually, Hornblower dines on brine meat, weevily biscuits, and burnt-bread coffee. Whenever he gets to eat something more palatable, it's described in great detail. Particularly notable is Pellew's dinner in ''Hotspur,'' which goes on for several pages about and describes the steak-and-kidney pies, cheeses, pie, wines, ragout, and fresh veg.
veg, and cheeses in increasingly overwrought language.
* ForgetsToEat: Hornblower has a habit of not realizing he's just spent the entire day conducting an on-and-off twelve hours steering his ship through battle battle (or some other action requiring physical and mental rigor) only on the strength of his breakfast.breakfast. (Bush tries to remind him when at all possible--when he was a senior lieutenant and Hornblower was junior, he pulled rank to do so.)



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bush is a hardass who brooks no incompetence or disrespect and doesn't question the Navy's draconian discipline, but he takes the first watch after he and his men have gone over a day without sleeping, gives nearly all his pay to his sisters and mother, and extends subtle kindness to Wellard after he's beaten without cause.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bush is a hardass who brooks no incompetence or disrespect incompetence, thinks everyone is better off for a good dressing-down, and doesn't question the Navy's draconian discipline, but he takes the first watch after he and his men have gone over a day without sleeping, gives nearly all his pay to his sisters and mother, and extends subtle kindness to Wellard after he's beaten without cause.



** There are several capable young midshipmen. However, any time you meet one, there's about a 75% chance of them dying. The more endearing they are, the more likely this is. Hornblower himself gets to be one in ''Mr. Midshipman Hornblower''. ([[CaptainObvious He's one of the ones who survives]].)

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** There are several capable young midshipmen. However, any time you meet one, there's about a 75% chance of them dying. The more endearing they are, the more likely this is. probability of their death increases proportionally with Hornblower's opinion of their value as future officers.
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Hornblower himself gets to be one in ''Mr. Midshipman Hornblower''. ([[CaptainObvious He's one of the ones who survives]].)



** Subverted. Hornblower is usually unlucky in the matter of prize money, and has a dislike for the entire system. He doesn't mention this in front of others, though, and is aware [[HypocriticalHumor that his views would likely be different once he won a prize]]. It does in ''Ship of the Line'', when he takes nearly a dozen prizes, and escapes back to England in ''Flying Colours'' with ''The Witch of Endor'', a Royal Navy cutter captured by the French a year earlier.

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** Subverted. Hornblower is usually unlucky in the matter of prize money, and has a dislike for thinks the entire system.whole system makes captains less effective. He doesn't mention this in front of others, though, and is aware [[HypocriticalHumor that his views would likely be different once he won a prize]]. It does in ''Ship of the Line'', when he takes nearly a dozen prizes, and escapes back to England in ''Flying Colours'' with ''The Witch of Endor'', a Royal Navy cutter captured by the French a year earlier.
19th Feb '17 1:17:15 PM eowynjedi
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* A [[Series/HoratioHornblower TV miniseries]] from 1999 to 2003. Adapted from ''Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, Lieutenant Hornblower'', and (very loosely) ''Hornblower and the Hotspur'' with a bit of "Hornblower and the Widow [=McCool=]".

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* A [[Series/HoratioHornblower TV miniseries]] from 1999 to 2003. Adapted from ''Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, Lieutenant Hornblower'', and (very loosely) ''Hornblower and the Hotspur'' with a bit by way of "Hornblower and the Widow [=McCool=]".



* A little-known series called ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has been described as "Horatio Hornblower RecycledInSpace". The rumour has it that both captains best known in the mainstream culture, [[Characters/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] and [[Characters/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]], are based on the two different sides of Hornblower's character.

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* A little-known series called ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has been described as "Horatio Hornblower RecycledInSpace". The rumour has it that both captains best known in the mainstream culture, [[Characters/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] and [[Characters/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Picard]], are based on the two different sides of Hornblower's character. character--fans of both can easily pick out the influences in certain scenes, and Patrick Stewart was handed a stack of the novels as character prep.


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* ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' is "Hornblower with dragons" twice removed, as it was influenced by Aubrey-Maturin and its human protagonist still shares similarities with Hornblower.
18th Feb '17 11:38:27 PM eowynjedi
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** As a young man, Hornblower's movement is always described as awkward or gangling. Bush actually recognizes him from the back because of the awkward way he's walking into the wind.

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** As a young man, Hornblower's movement is always described as awkward or gangling. ungainly. Bush actually recognizes him from the back because of the awkward gangling way he's walking into the wind.
18th Feb '17 5:09:54 PM eowynjedi
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* CharacterTics: Lieutenant Mound's habit of putting his hands in his pockets in ''Commodore''. Or rather, the way he continually starts to do it before remembering that he's in the presence of the Commodore and shouldn't. Hornblower eventually orders him to put his hands in his pockets because it's driving him to distraction.

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Lieutenant Mound's habit of putting his hands in his pockets in ''Commodore''. Or rather, the way he continually starts to do it before remembering that he's in the presence of the Commodore and shouldn't. Hornblower eventually orders him to put his hands in his pockets because it's driving him to distraction.distraction.
** As a young man, Hornblower's movement is always described as awkward or gangling. Bush actually recognizes him from the back because of the awkward way he's walking into the wind.


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* DramaticDownstageTurn: Though he often employs tone and body language for effect, Hornblower does this quite by accident after successfully challenging the ''Loire'' when he hangs up the speaking trumpet and turns to Bush--in the eyes of the crew, who have just sent a much more powerful ship running home by his clever maneuvering, the two gestures take on a "highly dramatic quality."


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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Hornblower and his NumberTwo, William Bush. In ''Commodore'', Hornblower even thinks that Bush is better than a wife because he's so good at reading Hornblower's mood. (And frankly he's much more perceptive than Hornblower always gives him credit for.)


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* ParentheticalSwearing: In a tense SternChase, Hornblower gets impatient with Master Prowse's pessimistic updates on the relative position of their sloop and the more powerful frigate and says "I'm glad to see you carrying out your duty" in a tone that equates to "Damn your duty." (He can't actually say the latter because it would be against the Articles of War, even if it's sarcastic.)


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* PostVictoryCollapse: During the prisoner uprising in ''Lieutenant Hornblower'', Bush is so full of fighting madness that he has no idea he's incurred nine wounds trying to fight his way through the Spaniards and is thoroughly confused when he ends up flat on the deck after trying to join Hornblower's counter-charge from the prize vessels.
18th Feb '17 4:35:47 PM eowynjedi
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* HavingAGayOldTime: Horatio's men occasionally refer to him as "Old Horny" or simply "Horny."

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Horatio's men occasionally refer to him as "Old Horny" or simply "Horny.""
** Done deliberately in ''Hotspur'' when Hornblower considers the "nice" calculations required for a tricky bit of navigation. In Hornblower's time, the word meant "precise" (though the word was already shifting to its modern meaning of "pleasant," as readers of ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' know).
16th Feb '17 8:16:48 PM eowynjedi
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* StiffUpperLip: Horatio acts like he has one, even if he's panicking on the inside. This is also one of Bush's key traits--at one point he muses that having to endure injustice (such as being beaten without cause) in a world that is essentially unjust is an important part of growing up.

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Horatio acts like he has one, even if he's panicking on the inside. This is also one of Bush's key traits--at one point he muses that having to endure injustice (such as being beaten without cause) in a world that is essentially unjust is an important part of growing up.up.
** At one point, Bush is about to commit the enormous gesture of patting Hornblower's shoulder, but catches himself ''just in time.''



* TapOnTheHead: Averted in one of the ''Midshipman'' stories. During a cutting-out expedition, when stealth is key, Hornblower has to silence an epileptic sailor and thumps him quite hard with the boat's tiller; he is almost certain that he he killed the man by doing so. The boat is later set adrift somehow during the fight, meaning that even if he wasn't killed by the hit, he would have certainly died at sea.

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Averted in one of the ''Midshipman'' stories. During a cutting-out expedition, when stealth is key, Hornblower has to silence an epileptic sailor and thumps him quite hard with the boat's tiller; he is almost certain that he he killed the man by doing so. The boat is later set adrift somehow during the fight, meaning that even if he wasn't killed by the hit, he would have certainly died at sea.sea.
** Other instances of this, such as sandbagging the dock sentries in ''Hotspur'' during the attack on the semaphore, strongly imply fatality rather than a nap for however long the plot dictates.
8th Feb '17 9:51:08 PM eowynjedi
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* SameStoryDifferentNames: "Hornblower and the Hand of Destiny", written 1941, seems like a proto-version of ''Lieutenant Hornblower''. Junior lieutenant Hornblower is faced with the tyrannical (though explicitly not mad) Captain Courtney, who has already broken several lieutenants. Courtney is mutinied upon; after Hornblower settles the situation they attack a Spanish target (the ''Castilla'') in a victorious action. One of the abused crewmen takes the opportunity to shoot Courtney in the chaos, resulting in an end to Courtney's captaincy (through physical disability rather than mental break and later death). Hornblower had a chance to intervene but chose not to, was the only one who saw the crewman's action, and never told the story for the rest of his life.
1st Dec '16 11:25:22 AM sablesword
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* ReverseArmFold: In ''Lieutenant Hornblower'', the officers on the quarterdeck are described as walking "with their hands clasped behind them as a result of the training they had all received as midshipmen not to put their hands in their pockets."
29th Oct '16 5:59:32 AM AFP
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* TheCameo: Many examples of {{Historical Domain Character}}s popping up this way, ranging from various politicians and military leaders, to the American frigate USS ''Constitution'', stated to be on her way to the Barbary Coast to deal with the Corsairs under the command of an unknown officer named Edward Preble.
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