History Literature / HoratioHornblower

16th Aug '16 8:35:33 AM dresdor
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** More appropriate to the trope, Lady Barbara imitates him, though with some modesty.
30th Jul '16 12:51:11 PM nombretomado
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* Literature/HonorHarrington - A SpaceOpera novel series by DavidWeber with a female version of Horatio Hornblower. The [=HH=] initials are not a coincidence. Author David Weber actually [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this in the sixth book when he shows the title character reading one of the Hornblower books.

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* Literature/HonorHarrington - A SpaceOpera novel series by DavidWeber Creator/DavidWeber with a female version of Horatio Hornblower. The [=HH=] initials are not a coincidence. Author David Weber actually [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this in the sixth book when he shows the title character reading one of the Hornblower books.
20th Jun '16 8:36:07 PM PaulA
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A series of stories about a British naval officer set during the UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars and probably C.S. Forester's most well-known work. The eponymous character, Horatio Hornblower, starts as an overaged midshipman at the start of the French Revolution, shy and awkward but with a knack for innovation and an inner drive that propels him to attempt improbable and daring feats. Unfortunately, he also has a complete inability to think well of himself, crossing the line from HumbleHero to someone afflicted with genuine, miserable self-loathing who views himself with "a sort of amused contempt" at best.

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A series of stories about a British naval officer set during the UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars and probably C.S. Forester's most well-known work. The eponymous character, Horatio Hornblower, starts as an overaged midshipman at the start of the French Revolution, shy and awkward but with a knack for innovation and an inner drive that propels him to attempt improbable and daring feats. Unfortunately, he also has a complete inability to think well of himself, crossing the line from HumbleHero to someone afflicted with genuine, miserable self-loathing who views himself with "a sort of amused contempt" at best.
9th Jun '16 8:41:55 PM aishwarya
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* Two radio plays were produced. The first, broadcast in 1952 and 53, cast Michael Redgrave as Hornblower. The second was broadcast on BBC Radio in 1979 and 1980, with Nicholas Fry playing the role.

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* Two radio plays were produced. The first, broadcast in 1952 and 53, cast Michael Redgrave Creator/MichaelRedgrave as Hornblower. The second was broadcast on BBC Radio in 1979 and 1980, with Nicholas Fry playing the role.
18th Apr '16 7:27:39 PM eowynjedi
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** The interception of a Spanish treasure flotilla in ''Hotspur'' was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_of_5_October_1804 a real battle]], which Hornblower ends up not joining in because he has to stop a fictional French ship from warning the real Spaniards.



** Remember the bit in ''Hotspur'' where Hornblower arranges for Doughty's escape to the ''U.S.S. Constitution'' at Cadiz? [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornblower_and_the_Hotspur Not only was the ship actually there on that date]], she took on new crew.

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** Remember the bit in ''Hotspur'' where Hornblower arranges for Doughty's escape to the ''U.S.S. Constitution'' at Cadiz? [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornblower_and_the_Hotspur Not only was the ship actually there on in that date]], October]], she took on new crew.crew just a few days after the October 5th action that Hornblower was there to participate in.
15th Apr '16 5:13:02 PM PaulA
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* SeadogPegLeg: Bush loses a leg at the end of ''Ship of the Line'', and has a wooden leg for all subsequent appearances.
13th Apr '16 8:21:51 PM eowynjedi
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* TheBlackDeath: In the ''Noah's Ark'' story, Hornblower is sent to pick up supplies from the Algerian city of Oran on the very day it's struck by plague. Normally this would mean he and his men would have to be quarantined there for three weeks since the last case, but he has the novel idea to ride it out on the supply ship he was provided.



* ButIReadABookAboutIt: Hornblower considers constant research both a duty and a pleasure. It enhances his BadassBookworm status.

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* ButIReadABookAboutIt: Hornblower considers constant research both a duty and a pleasure. It enhances his BadassBookworm status. This is particularly pronounced in the ''Midshipman'' stories, where young Hornblower encounters things in reality he had hitherto only known from literature and sometimes compares the two.



* PerformanceAnxiety: In "The Examination for Lieutenant", Hornblower is about to go down in flames in front of the board before a fire ship appears in the harbor, and he helps Captain Foster steer it away. After it's all over, Foster makes a point of telling him that he ''was'' about to fail and it was lucky for him a crisis appeared. (He is later given the promotion for his actions that night.)



* RefugeInAudacity: At one time Hornblower scares away a Spanish ship bigger then his by sailing towards it to while signalling to his nonexistent backup.

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** In ''Atropos'',
Hornblower scares away a Spanish ship bigger then his by sailing towards it to while signalling to his nonexistent backup.backup.
** Hornblower takes two Spanish ships in separate ''Midshipman'' stories by this method as well. In "The Spanish Galleys", he storms a galley with a jolly-boat crew (though it helps that much of its "crew" are oarslaves, with only a dozen or so officers). In "Noah's Ark", he has his men hide themselves as a guarda-costa ship approaches his tiny supply vessel that can't possibly win in an engagement, then ambushes the Spanish when they board.


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* UnstoppableRage: In "The Spanish Galleys", Hornblower's success is due in large part to how morally outraged he and his men are by witnessing the hellish condition that the galley-slaves are kept in.
8th Apr '16 9:27:03 PM eowynjedi
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** ''Lieutenant Hornblower'' has a court of ''inquiry'', which investigates whether the full court-martial is needed, over Captain Sawyer's fall down the hatchway and subsequent removal from command. They decide against it in order to cover up Sawyer's insanity.

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** ''Lieutenant Hornblower'' has a court of ''inquiry'', which investigates whether the a full court-martial is needed, over Captain Sawyer's fall down the hatchway and subsequent removal from command. They decide against it in order to cover up Sawyer's insanity.



* DrinkOrder: Contrary to the [[SpotOfTea common English stereotype]], Hornblower prefers to drink coffee rather than tea, or at least whatever passes for coffee depending on supplies (in one book, the coffee is described as being made with crushed burnt bread, with enough sugar to mask the taste.) This was possibly because most of the readers of the ''Hornblower'' series were American. Or alternatively, because tea was expensive and Hornblower was poor. Some consideration though should also be given to the hypothesis that Forester knew enough history to be very well aware that coffee was enormously fashionable in England for many years, and London in particular was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffeehouse#Coffee_in_Europe lousy]] with coffee-houses in the 1700s.

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* DrinkOrder: Contrary to the [[SpotOfTea common English stereotype]], Hornblower prefers to drink coffee rather than tea, or at least whatever passes for coffee depending on supplies (in one book, the coffee is described as being made with crushed burnt bread, with enough sugar to mask the taste.) This was possibly because most of the readers of the ''Hornblower'' series were American. Or alternatively, because tea was expensive and Hornblower was poor. Some consideration though should also be given to the hypothesis that Forester knew enough history to be very well aware that coffee Coffee was enormously fashionable in England for many years, and London in particular was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffeehouse#Coffee_in_Europe lousy]] with coffee-houses in the 1700s. Tea was also more expensive than coffee, and Hornblower--who is always having to pawn things to complete his ship and rarely gets prizes--can barely afford jam most of the time.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Turkish mudir in ''Atropos'', who asks for Hornblower to guard the bay from "pirates" and lets Hornblower think himself quite lucky that he's being given time to carry out his secret salvage operation. Hornblower only realizes when he sees the abandoned forts being manned that the Turks probably have telescopes, too, and have just been waiting for him to do the work so they can come in and claim it.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Turkish mudir in ''Atropos'', who asks for Hornblower to guard the bay from "pirates" and lets Hornblower think himself quite lucky that he's being given time to carry out his secret salvage operation. Hornblower only realizes when he sees the abandoned forts being manned that the Turks probably have telescopes, too, and have just been waiting for letting him to do the work so they can come in and claim it.the gold once he's done.



* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Hornblower is a broody, self-loathing mess when he's not being a brilliant naval captain and can't stop thinking about the prospect of death and mutilation in battle even if he never shirks from it. Bush is a stolid and [[TheStoic stoic]] LightningBruiser who's unfazed by hardship but also lacking in Hornblower's genius.

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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Hornblower is a broody, self-loathing mess when he's not being a brilliant naval captain and can't stop thinking about the prospect of death and mutilation in battle even if he never shirks from it. Bush is a stolid and [[TheStoic stoic]] LightningBruiser who's unfazed by hardship but also lacking in Hornblower's genius. It's also noted that Bush has much more physical strength and endurance than Hornblower, who is usually described as gangly and prone to tire.



* SexForSolace: While spending the winter at the Comte de Gracay's manor after escaping exection, Hornblower's brain is "racketing itself to pieces" with the genteel captivity and worries of success, death, and court-martial until he starts an affair with Marie. It relieves his CabinFever immediately, but also fills him with shame because he's seducing the daughter-in-law of the only man in France who ''would'' shelter three British fugitives.



* StuffBlowingUp: In ''Hotspur'', Hornblower witnesses sets off a ''huge'' explosion in a French powder magazine on the coast of Brest that rains heavy debris on the retreat. Later he witnesses a ship get blown to bits by a howitzer shell.

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* StuffBlowingUp: In ''Hotspur'', Hornblower witnesses sets off a ''huge'' explosion in a French powder magazine on the coast of Brest that rains heavy debris on the retreat. Later he witnesses a ship get blown to bits by a howitzer shell.



* YourCheatingHeart: Hornblower is not faithful to either of his wives, under different circumstances. He doesn't love his first wife, Maria, marrying her from a sense of obligation and pretending to love her so as to keep her happy, but finds a genuine match with Lady Barbara in ''Happy Return''. Later he consummates an affair with Marie Ladon in ''Flying Colours'' due to cabin fever while hiding on her father-in-law's French estate. In ''Lord Hornblower'', he's finally married to Lady Barbara, whom he loves dearly, but then restarts his affair with Marie when he goes to France again.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Hornblower is not faithful to either of his wives, under different circumstances. He doesn't love his first wife, Maria, marrying her from a sense of obligation and pretending to love her so as to keep her happy, but finds a genuine match with Lady Barbara in ''Happy Return''. Later he consummates an affair with Marie Ladon in ''Flying Colours'' due to cabin fever while hiding on her father-in-law's French estate. In ''Lord Hornblower'', However, he's finally married not faithful to Lady Barbara, whom he loves dearly, but then restarts his affair with Marie Barbara when he goes to France again.does marry her: in ''Commodore'' he has an (implied) one-night-stand with a Russian countess after a stressful evening of averting an assassination attempt, and in ''Lord'' he starts thinking of Marie well before actually visiting the Ladons (and restarting the old affair).
7th Apr '16 9:33:41 AM eowynjedi
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* GoodWithNumbers: Hornblower is ''very'' good with numbers.

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* GoodWithNumbers: Hornblower is ''very'' good with numbers.numbers; one book says that trigonometry was a plaything to him when he was the age of the midshipmen he's tormenting with navigational study. This makes him an excellent whist player and navigator.



** [[spoiler:Horatio's ship]] at the end of ''Ship of the Line''.

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** [[spoiler:Horatio's ship]] Horatio sacrifices the ''Sutherland'' at the end of ''Ship of the Line''.Line'' in order to keep the French from breaking the blockade around the coast of Rosas. He knows full well that his ship and most of his crew will be lost, but it's his duty to stop them.



* LastStand: The end of ''Ship of the Line''. Hornblower versus three French frigates. He makes them pay dearly, crippling all of them and even scuttling one, despite being vastly outnumbered and shot to pieces. He ''does'' surrender, but only when he's wrung everything out of his ship and crew, and he's outraged to read in a French newspaper that he had only "lightly" damaged the French ships when he saw himself that blood was running down the sides.

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* LastStand: The end of ''Ship of the Line''. Hornblower versus three ends up facing four French frigates. frigates alone when the rest of the squadron is becalmed, and he can't very well retreat and let them escape the blockade. He makes them pay dearly, crippling all three of them and even scuttling one, despite being vastly outnumbered and shot to pieces. He ''does'' surrender, but only when he's wrung everything out of his ship and crew, and he's outraged to read in a French newspaper that he had only "lightly" damaged the French ships when he saw himself that blood was running down the sides.



* LotsOfLuggage: Subverted in the first (written) novel. Hornblower starts to lecture Lady Barbara on the impracticality of bringing a huge amount of luggage onto a warship, but she irritates him by showing that she only has a couple of sea-chests, which is a perfectly reasonable amount.

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* LotsOfLuggage: Subverted in the first (written) novel. Hornblower starts to lecture Lady Barbara on the impracticality of all the luggage she's bringing a huge amount of luggage onto a warship, aboard, but she irritates him by showing that saying everything she only has a couple of sea-chests, which needs for the journey is a perfectly reasonable amount.in one chest and the rest can be packed away wherever.



* NavalBlockade: ''Hornblower and the Hotspur'' involves the British blockade of the French port of Brest and Hornblower's deeds during the blockade.

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* NavalBlockade: NavalBlockade:
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''Hornblower and the Hotspur'' involves the British blockade of the French port of Brest and Hornblower's deeds during the blockade.blockade.
** ''Ship of the Line'' is also about adventures in blockading, this time along the Spanish coast.



* PluckyMiddie: 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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* PluckyMiddie: PluckyMiddie:
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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. Hornblower himself gets to be one in ''Mr. Midshipman Hornblower''. ([[CaptainObvious He's one of the ones who survives]].)


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* PoorCommunicationKills: Examined due to the extremely slow pace of communication at the time. In ''The Happy Return'', much of the book is driven by Hornblower's orders to support an uprising against the Spanish in Central America, specifying that he was not to be in sight of land before he got there. Because he follows this instruction, he doesn't learn that England and Spain formed an alliance until ''after'' he captures the only Spanish warship in the area and gives it (along with other materiel) to the rebels... forcing him to go out and fight the battle all over again or have his career ruined just for following orders to the letter. It's also noted that his new orders are numbered, meaning that several copies had been sent in case one failed to reach its destination.


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* SternChase: Hornblower engages in some literal ones.
** In ''The Happy Return'', he pursues the 50-gun ''Natividad'' with his smaller frigate ''Lydia'' to recapture or sink it from under El Supremo's forces. The enemy's long-range guns allow them to take potshots before he can, so he puts his best gunner with the bow chasers and has a hornpipe competition on deck to keep spirits up.
** In ''Hotspur'', he dogs a French frigate that's trying to warn a flotilla of Spanish treasure ships of the British squadron lying in wait for them. It's the kind of work that his little sloop seems made for, being smaller and nimbler so that the French ship can't shake him unless it turns and fights, which its mission doesn't allow. After twelve hours it has to flee back to harbor.


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* WorthyOpponent: The French officers at the start of ''Flying Colours'' are all very sympathetic towards Hornblower, their prisoner, for his action in disabling three-fourths of their own squadron. It's also mixed with pity since they know Napoleon is going to haul him off to Paris and shoot him on trumped-up charges.
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* InnocentBlueEyes: William Bush of all people, although a downplayed instance as he's hardly waifish. His blue eyes are often described as being frank and honest, and his straightforward character contrasts with brown-eyed Hornblower's guile (especially in ''Lieutenant''). Hornblower himself thinks of Bush's eyes as looking incongruous in Bush's weatherbeaten face.



* YourCheatingHeart: Hornblower is not faithful to either of his wives, under different circumstances.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Hornblower is not faithful to either of his wives, under different circumstances. He doesn't love his first wife, Maria, marrying her from a sense of obligation and pretending to love her so as to keep her happy, but finds a genuine match with Lady Barbara in ''Happy Return''. Later he consummates an affair with Marie Ladon in ''Flying Colours'' due to cabin fever while hiding on her father-in-law's French estate. In ''Lord Hornblower'', he's finally married to Lady Barbara, whom he loves dearly, but then restarts his affair with Marie when he goes to France again.
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