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In Chapter 1, after gathering much information, Hornblower deduces that Cambronne must be embarking French soldiers and munitions in an attempt to reinstate Napoleon as the emperor of France. Discuss the various clues used by Hornblower to correctly divine Cambronne's intent. Can you offer an equally plausible, but alternative, motivation for Cambronne's actions?

Speaking to Cambronne, Hornblower pledges his word of honor as a gentleman that Napoleon has died. After doing this, he looks forward to a life of disgrace and plans to tender his resignation before he receives a discharge. If the novel was set during a modern time period, would Hornblower face such a glum future after telling a lie?

In Chapter 2, Hornblower devises a plan to disable Estrella del Sur, the slave ship. He has his secretary Spendlove suggest the plan to Captain Fell, and then receives the plan back from Fell...

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