Lieutenant Hornblower Characters

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William Bush

William Bush is the protagonist and dominant character in the novel, present in every scene. Although much of the novel focuses on Hornblower's exploits, the narrative point of view is tightly focused on Bush. Bush is described as being in his late twenties, a tallish man of great courage and dominant physical strength, satisfactory intelligence but no great insight. He is well-liked, open, generous, and gracious, but suffers from a lack of spontaneity of thought. He is in his element when surrounded by rough seamen and sailors but finds women nearly unintelligible. He is thoroughly honest and entirely dependable. He is also formidable with a sword, a good pistol shot, and an excellent commander of gunnery. Little is known of Bush's life ashore—he has several sisters and he supports them financially.

Bush joins H.M.S. Renown in the opening scenes of the novel. He...

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