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The novel opens with the consideration of a mutiny aboard a British ship of war. Even though Hornblower realizes the mutiny was caused by the abusive captain of the ship, he feels that the mutineers must be dealt with harshly—though not as harshly as most other military leaders. Discuss the necessity of harsh military discipline in a time of war. Why would mutineers typically be hanged or, at the very least, flogged around the fleet?

Under Hornblower's guidance, the crew of Porta Coeli boards Bonne Celestine and carries the French gunship before carrying on across her bows to the Flame, which is also captured. This nearly singular accomplishment is later compared, in the English press, to a similar feat performed by Horatio Nelson. Hornblower is shocked and troubled by the comparison. Why do you think he reacted in this way?

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