Talk:The Happy Return

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 Definition C.S. Forester novel set in 1809 that introduced Horatio Hornblower, a fictional frigate captain in the Royal Navy; U.S. title Beat to Quarters [d] [e]
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"And some of the details of Hornblower's age, and nautical experience, are inconsistent with those in the novels he was to write later."

I'm not sure I recognize these. Could someone elaborate?

"The novel was published under the somewhat ironic title The Happy Return, as it ends on a very dark note."

Note that title was replaced by Beat to Quarters in the U.S. edition. I'd hesitate to call it a "very dark note." He has restored his naval honor after defeating the Natividad and repairing the Lydia. Yes, he is not in a happpy situation with Lady Barbara, but he is looking forward to a return to the realities of his first marriage. What is so dark? Howard C. Berkowitz 20:56, 19 March 2009 (UTC)