Hornblower During the Crisis - The Last Encounter Summary & Analysis

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The Last Encounter Summary

The year is 1848, and Hornblower is 72 years old; a retired admiral living in his comfortable estate at Smallbridge. Barbara lives with him, and she has aged well. Hornblower thinks about his achievements, his comforts, his wealth and his family, and is pleased with life. Richard, his only son, is doing well and has given Hornblower grandchildren. Hornblower is considerate of the townspeople and tenant farmers; he thinks Barbara to be gracious, beautiful and dignified. But as usual Hornblower is very self-critical. Outside a heavy storm rages.

Hornblower knows that France is embroiled in rebellion and social disorder. Political upheaval is constant, and he reflects on a long life of fighting against Napoleon's tyranny, though Napoleon is now long dead. And then comes a knock at the door. Brown, Hornblower's long-term servant, goes to answer it and there is confusion...

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