Hornblower is called to take a company of British troops (which the sailors call lobsters because of their red coats) and a company of French nationalists to France to fight in the revolution. But Hornblower is horrified by the brutality of the French commander as he guillotines everyone in a village that destroyed his former home and his unwillingness to take part in the actual battles. However, when the commander and his men set out to rape and brutalize a young school teacher, Hornblower vows his protection of her.
John Sacksteder <email@example.com>
25 April 1999 (USA)
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Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War
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In the original novel Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, "The Frogs and the Lobsters" occurs before Hornblower receives his promotion to Lieutenant, or even being ranked Acting-Lieutenant. Furthermore, the novel does not have any love interest for Hornblower. See more
Major Edrington tells Hornblower in Plymouth that the detachment he commands is from the 95th of Foot. Given Hornblower has now passed his Lieutenant board, this sets the episode around 1800-03, according to the books, by which time the 95th had been reformed as a rifle company, wearing green uniforms and using the Baker rifle, whereas Edrington's men are in the standard infantry's more usual red, with the British Pattern musket. This timing, though, validates the Ancient Mariner quotation by Pellew.
However, if this was the Quiberon invasion of 1795, as posited elsewhere, the 95th of the time were en route to the Cape of Good Hope. But the Ancient Mariner is ruled out. See more
In that case, I suggest we look to ourselves for command.
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