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The Hornblowers' marriage is described in considerable detail in the novel. Based upon modern marriage customs, which events were unusual or surprising to you? Do you think Maria received a memorable celebration?

Early in the voyage of Hotspur, Cargill misses a tack and has to attempt the maneuver a second time. Bush apparently feels Cargill is inept whereas Hornblower believes Hotspur is incorrectly trimmed. Which opinion seems closest to the truth, given subsequent events? Were both men partially correct?

The French captain of the coaster Deux Frères chats with Hornblower and, apparently inadvertently, provides a considerable amount of sensitive information. Later on, the man exchanges information for large payments. In today's world, would the Frenchman be considered a traitor and a spy?

During one particularly catastrophic breakfast, Grimes is afraid of Hornblower as he thinks Hornblower will have him flogged. If your supervisor...

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