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While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew.
The question given at Hornblower's Lieutenant examination, that of what to do in response to a "full a-back", relates to the sails of a ship suddenly flattening against the mast due to a change in wind. The correct answer (which Hornblower clearly does not know) is to put the helm over, haul up the mainstay and spanker sails, and then shift the helm in the opposite direction in order to fill the after-sails with wind in order to regain headway. Once the wind has been recovered, the ship should then brace up the sails and bring the ship's course directly in front of the wind. The maneuver to regain wind after a fall a-back is known as "chapelling", or "Chapel Ship", and would have been something which Hornblower absolutely should have known.
Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower:
He's truly a great man, sir. To be half the man that he is would see my life fulfilled.
Lt. Bracegirdle: Careful, Mr. Hornblower, such greatness always has its price.
When Hornblower arrives for the examination, his hat is normal shape, when the officer notices him and smiles, the hat is crumbled as it was on the ship, in the previous scene.
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