By C. S. Forester
The 12 months is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a seventeen-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the methods of seamen, is ordered to board a French service provider send and take command of group and load for the honour of britain. notwithstanding now not an unqualified luck, this primary naval experience teaches the younger midshipman sufficient to release him on a chain of more and more excellent exploits. This novel-in which younger Horatio will get his sea legs, proves his mettle, and exhibits the makings of the legend he'll become-is the 1st of the 11 swashbuckling Hornblower stories which are at the present time considered as vintage experience tales of the ocean.
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Send and boat have been pitching jointly, virtually bows directly to the ocean, and the gap among them appeared appallingly nice; the bearded seaman status within the bows may merely simply succeed in as much as the chains together with his lengthy boat-hook. Hornblower hesitated for a protracted moment; he knew he used to be ungainly and awkward — booklet studying was once of little need whilst it got here to leaping right into a boat — yet he needed to take the plunge, for Pellew used to be fuming in the back of him and the eyes of the boat’s group and of the total ship’s corporation have been on him. higher to leap and damage himself, greater to leap and make an exhibition of himself, than to hold up the send. ready was once definite failure, whereas he nonetheless had a decision if he jumped. maybe at a observe from Pellew the Indefatigable‘s helmsman allowed the ship’s head to fall off from the ocean a bit. A a bit diagonal wave lifted the Indefatigable‘s stern after which handed on, in order that the cutter’s bows rose because the ship’s stern sank a trifle. Hornblower braced himself and leaped. His toes reached the gunwale and he tottered there for one indescribable moment. A seaman grabbed the breast of his jacket and he fell ahead instead of backward. now not even the stout arm of the seaman, totally prolonged, may well carry him up, and he pitched headforemost, legs within the air, upon the arms at the moment thwart. He cannoned onto their our bodies, knocking the breath out of his personal opposed to their muscular shoulders, and at last struggled into an upright place. “I’m sorry,” he gasped to the boys who had damaged his fall. “Never you brain, sir,” stated the closest one, a true tarry sailor, tattooed and pigtailed. “You’re just a featherweight. ” The lieutenant in command used to be taking a look at him from the sternsheets. “Would you visit the brig, please, sir? ” he requested, and the lieutenant bawled an order and the cutter swung around as Hornblower made his method aft. It was once a delightful shock to not be acquired with the vast grins of tolerantly hid leisure. Boarding a small boat from a huge frigate in even a average sea was once no effortless topic; most likely each guy on board had arrived headfirst at your time or different, and it was once now not within the culture of the provider, as understood within the Indefatigable, to snigger at a guy who did his top with no shirking. “Are you taking cost of the brig? ” requested the lieutenant. “Yes, sir. The captain informed me to take 4 of your males. ” “They had higher be topmen, then,” stated the lieutenant, casting his eyes aloft on the rigging of the brig. The foretopsail backyard used to be putting precariously, and the jib halliard had slacked off in order that the sail was once flapping thunderously within the wind. “Do you recognize those males, or shall I choose ‘em for you? ” “I’d be obliged if you happen to could, sir. ” The lieutenant shouted 4 names, and 4 males spoke back. “Keep ‘em clear of drink and they’ll be all right,” stated the lieutenant. “Watch the French staff. They’ll recapture the send and feature you in a French gaol sooner than you could say ‘Jack Robinson’ should you don’t. ” “Aye aye, sir,” stated Hornblower. The cutter surged along the brig, white water creaming among the 2 vessels.