Flying Colours Book Summary and Study Guide

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Flying Colours is a novel in the Horatio Hornblower series by C. S. Forester, following immediately after A Ship of the Line.
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Royal Navy Captain Hornblower is a prisoner of war of the Spanish in the Napoleonic Wars (the circumstances of his capture being covered at the end of A Ship of the Line). While being taken to Paris to be tried (and executed) on the trumped up charge of piracy, he, Lieutenant Bush and seaman Brown escape. They find shelter for the winter with the Comte de Grašay and his widowed daughter-in-law Marie, despite the Comte having lost all three of his sons fighting for France. During their stay, Hornblower has an affair with Marie.

With the coming of spring, the three men travel to the French port of Nantes disguised as Dutch customs officers. Hornblower engineers the seizing of the cutter Witch of Endor (previously captured by the French from the British Royal Navy), frees some prisoners to man her, fights off or sinks several French boats and returns in triumph to England.

Upon being acquitted in a court-martial over the loss of his ship, HMS Sutherland, he becomes financially secure and a national hero. Furthermore, with the deaths of his wife and Lady Barbara's husband, he is free to court the woman he loves.
Best part of story, including ending: Any Hornblower story is a good one. There is much adventure, in realistic detail, some romance and a very happy ending.

Best scene in story: The taking of the Witch of Endor is satisfying.

Opinion about the main character: Hornblower is his usual ingenious self.

The review of this Book prepared by J. Lee a Level 10 Peregrine Falcon scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Navy Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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