Flying Colours - Chapters 16 and 17 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 16 and 17 Summary

In the morning Hornblower again meets with Hardy and delivers a more-complete recounting of events as well as catching up on various minor topics. Triumph and Witch of Endor sail to rejoin the fleet, whereupon Hornblower reports to Admiral Lord Gambier, known derogatively as "Dismal Jimmy" among the fleet. Lord Gambier receives Hornblower with surprise and listens with a strange expression to Hornblower's recounting of his prolonged adventures. Lord Gambier then states that Hornblower has enjoyed the protection and guidance of divine providence. Hornblower officially reports on the loss of the Sutherland, with 117 killed and 145 wounded, of which 44 later died of wounds. Again, Lord Gambier suggests that God's hand has guided Hornblower. Lord Gambier considers for a moment, and then announces he will promote Bush to commander of Witch of Endor and send the vessel with dispatches to England. Hornblower is...

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