Commodore Hornblower Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the peculiar practice that Hornblower and his wife do while he is on shore? Why is this considered peculiar for the time period of this book?

Hornblower and Barbara practice the peculiar habit of bathing daily; after their baths, they dress in finery. This was strange for the time, as people would go days and sometimes even weeks without bathing.

2. How does Hornblower feel to be on land for the first time in a long time?

Hornblower feels awkward in the fashionable clothes selected for him by Barbara, and yearns to wear a simple Naval uniform instead. He is highly lacking in social skills and longs to be back on a ship where that is not as noticeable.

3. How is Hornblower introduced to the town he is a Squire over?

The town parson performs the introductions and notes Hornblower's many accomplishments, the town children sing a song, Hornblower makes some formal pronouncements of goodwill, and the stilted episode concludes, much to Hornblower's relief.

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