History Literature / HoratioHornblower

18th Oct '17 5:56:55 PM Xtifr
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* Science fiction writer A. Bertram Chandler based his John Grimes character on Hornblower, even making Hornblower a distant relative.

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* Science fiction writer A. Bertram Chandler Creator/ABertramChandler based his John Grimes character on Hornblower, even making Hornblower a distant relative.
18th Sep '17 8:12:12 PM Rebu
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** In ''Hotspur'', Hornblower and his lieutenants discuss the prize system, then the midshipman orders a man to start casting the lead to check depth. Which makes Hornblower's group remember they were sailing towards the shore, and they all realize they could've run aground out of sheer carelessness. Hornblower isn't sure if the middie did it deliberately, and can't, of course, outright ask him.



** In ''Hotspur'', Hornblower, Bush, and Prowse all experience a moment of horror when they hear a midshipman order a man to start casting the lead, having been so caught up griping about other captains getting prizes their ship had opened the way towards that they forgot they were sailing towards the shore.

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** In ''Hotspur'', Hornblower, Bush, and Prowse all experience a moment of horror when they hear a midshipman order a man to start casting the lead, lead to check depth, having been so caught up griping about other captains getting prizes their ship had opened the way towards that they forgot they were sailing towards the shore.
16th Sep '17 4:21:52 PM nombretomado
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** In ''Flying Colours,'' Hornblower sees an American ship and thinks it inevitable that they'll have to give up their neutrality soon--the only question is if they'll fight Napoleon or if they'll decide to [[WarOf1812 have another go at the British]].

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** In ''Flying Colours,'' Hornblower sees an American ship and thinks it inevitable that they'll have to give up their neutrality soon--the only question is if they'll fight Napoleon or if they'll decide to [[WarOf1812 [[UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 have another go at the British]].
15th Jul '17 9:40:26 PM Eoppen
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* ProfessionalGambler: During a temporary peace with France, Hornblower is in financial straits due to a mixup over prize money. To keep himself alive, he hires out to an innkeeper to play whist with the other guests.
15th Jul '17 8:25:22 PM maxwellsilver
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* WarIsHell: Forester goes out of his way to describe what happens to men who are hit by cannonballs, then what happens to them when they visit the surgeon, and then the funeral. Not to mention the [[{{Squick}} weevils and bad water]].

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* WarIsHell: Forester goes out of his way to describe what happens to men who are hit by cannonballs, then what happens to them when they visit the surgeon, and then the funeral. Not to mention the [[{{Squick}} weevils and bad water]].water.



* WritersCannotDoMath: In ''Hornblower in the West Indies'', Hornblower meets a colleague he not seen since the defense of Riga in 1812, chronicled in ''Commodore'', which the narration states occurred twenty years prior. ''West Indies'' takes place in 1821-23 and crucially involves Napoleon's death in 1821, only a decade after Napoleon's invasion of Russia.



* 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. However, he's not faithful to Lady Barbara when he 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).

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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.estate ([[spoiler:Maria had died of childbirth by that point, but he -- and the reader -- doesn't find out until the end of the book]]). However, he's not faithful to Lady Barbara when he 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).
3rd Jul '17 12:32:18 AM maxwellsilver
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** ''Ship of the Line'' ends with [[spoiler:Horatio and his crew forced to abandon the sinking ''Sutherland'' and surrender to the French.]]

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** ''Ship of the Line'' ends with [[spoiler:Horatio and his crew forced to abandon surrender the sinking ''Sutherland'' and surrender to the French.French, who run it aground on a nearby beach to stop the sinking.]]
1st Jul '17 4:18:42 PM nombretomado
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: A number of real captains (and other officers) from the Royal Navy appear in the novels--mostly cameos, but some of them have a more significant role. Some of the more prominent examples are Admiral Cornwallis and ''George III''. TheOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Hornblower#Historical_figures_in_the_novels comprehensive list]].

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: A number of real captains (and other officers) from the Royal Navy appear in the novels--mostly cameos, but some of them have a more significant role. Some of the more prominent examples are Admiral Cornwallis and ''George III''. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Hornblower#Historical_figures_in_the_novels comprehensive list]].
18th May '17 9:35:21 PM eowynjedi
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* MusicForCourage: While catching up to and taking fire from the larger, more powerful, and captained-by-a-ruthless-killered ''Natividad'', Hornblower stages a hornpipe contest among the crew so they don't lose heart from being under fire long before they can fire back.


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* TheNavigator: Hornblower's facility with math usually allows him to claim a greater skill in navigation than the ''actual'' navigators on his ships. The first book written opens with his success at not only taking his ship safely around Cape Horn (a very difficult feat) but then sailing it from there to Central America and making his exact intended landfall without ''once'' sighting coast (a damn near impossible feat).


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* SteppingOutForAQuickCupOfCoffee: At the end of ''Hotspur'', Hornblower decides to let his steward Doughty, under arrest for striking a bullying superior, escape to an American ship that happens to be in the same port. Hornblower arranges a series of perfectly harmless coincidences so that Doughty is unrestrained (because an official is coming aboard and the new steward can't handle it), unguarded (Hornblower has to deal with said official), and makes sure the watch's attention is directed forward. When Bush notices Doughty's absence, Hornblower puts him off until it's certain that Doughty is irretrievable and only then does he take himself to task for his "carelessness." (He is also considerably stressed out during and after this that someone will realize what he's up to, along with the moral implications for the flagrant breach of duty.)


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* ThatsAnOrder: Lieutenant Bush does this to his then-junior Hornblower several times in ''Lieutenant'' so that Hornblower will pause his incessant activity long enough to drink and eat, and later asks Acting-Captain Buckland to make "get some sleep" an order too
6th May '17 10:15:58 AM eowynjedi
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* HatesSmallTalk: Played with. Hornblower hates unnecessary words, is somewhat shy, and confines his remarks to "ha, h'm" whenever possible. However, he does this because he is inclined to be chatty and doesn't trust himself with any small talk lest he go too far.
5th May '17 10:17:01 PM eowynjedi
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* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: In "The Bad Semeritan," two French prisoners escape from an island that the Spanish are using as a [=POW=] camp and are picked up by the ''Sutherland.'' Both are utterly emaciated because the Spaniards are cruelly apathetic about actually feeding them, but one says that there is one kind of food which is ''always'' available and that there are much fewer of them now than started out. Hornblower has to take a moment to be horrified at the idea of this happening in the enlightened 19th century.


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* SherlockScan: Bush, surprisingly, does one in "The Bad Semeritan" when he points out all of the strange aspects of the French escapees picked up by the ''Sutherland''--their clothes are much too ragged, they're far too thin, and their sunburn too deep for men coming from ''normal'' prison conditions.
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