Hornblower and the Hotspur Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Hornblower feel right before his wedding, and what does he do?

Up until the last moment, Hornblower considers running from the altar, but his sense of duty keeps him nailed to the spot despite his misgivings.

2. What gift does Maria give Hornblower before he leaves, and what is this symbolic of?

Upon their final parting, Maria gives a pair of gloves to Hornblower. They are symbolic of Maria herself--functional, well made, and useful--but unfashionable and plain. They are also a symbolic physical link between Hornblower and his life at home in England.

3. What gift does Hornblower give Maria before he leaves, and what is this symbolic of?

Before leaving, Hornblower never thought about procuring a gift for Maria. After receiving her gift, he says she can take some money out of his account to help sustain herself while he is away. This shows his reticent and un-tender nature towards even his own wife.

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