Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters


Captain Pellew, come in, sir.

My apologies for requiring you

at such short notice.

-Not at all, my Lord.

-Captain Pellew,...

may I introduce General, le baron

de Charette,

commander in chief of His Majesty

King Louis's army in exile.

The general is going to invade France

and we're going to help him.

Once your ships have carried us

across the Channel,

we shall raise an army of the people

and march on Paris-

to restore His Most Catholic Majesty

onto the throne.

May I ask, sir, how many men you

expect to raise for this army?

Within a matter of days,

I shall have 10,000,-

maybe 20,000 men in arms.

Then we shall move east, gathering

more as we go.

Never doubt the loyalty of the people


I understand, sir, in fact, arms have

been raised-

against the rebel government before.

-Certainly, many times.

-without any success.

Captain Pellew,

for 5 years I have lived in exile

while traitors-

have laid waste to my country.

Well, now the nobility of France

is going home;

and this time, when my countrymen


we, their rightful leaders,

will lead them into battle.

Can I not take it, sir,...

that we have your support in

this great venture?

Oh yes, Baron, you can depend on

Captain Pellew's full support.

You have His Britannic Majesty's

word on it.

-How do I look?

-A most startling improvement,

if I may say so, sir.

So,with 2 shirts,half britches,

buttons and buckles,the sum is-

11 lb. 9 shillings and three pence.

Perhaps pinchbeck instead of silver

for the shoe buckles?

That would make it ... shall we say,

11 lb even.?

Very well, Mr. Collins.

I asure you, baron is still a

figure head-

amongst those loyal to King Louis.

His name will provide the spark-

that sets all northern France afire.

But the Royalist force, my lord,

they're nothing more than-

the remnants of a defeated army.

-A final cast of the dice,I grant you

-Indeed sir,

-and a desperate one.

-You forget what is at stake,

Sir Edward.

For the cost of ferrying

General Charette-

and his men across the Channel,

we can put an end to-

the war with France.

Surely, even in your estimation,-

it's a trifling effort for a place

in history.

Yes, but, if the expedition

should fail, sir,-

what of the cost in lives?

Men die every day this war

continues. When it's over,-

we may count costs at our leisure.

Make way! Make way!

-My lord! My lord!

-Speak up, man!

-The orders


Gone, my lord.

My lord?

He was carrying a copy

of General Charette's-

plan to the First Lord.

Oh, my God!

-What if they fall into enemy hands?

-Well,we do not know that.

They may be at the bottom of

the Thames, the thieves drunk-

-in a tavern.

-Sir, what if they're not?

His Majesty's government

has decided,

and they are not in the business

of changing their minds.

Should General Charette

know of this?

I don't believe there's any need

to trouble him.

What has passed here will remain

between ourselves.

Is that understood?

Yes, sir.

However, since it would not be

politic for King Louis-

to think that we might have cast

his general ashore unaided,

you will remain on station after

the General has disembarked.

If worse comes to worst,

you can provide him-

-with a means of escape.

-As you wish, sir.

Very well. You have your orders,

Captain Pellew.

Carry on, sir.

-Mr. Hornblower!


Well, don't stand there dawdling,

sir. We must return-

to Plymouth as soon as possible.

Welcome aboard, sir.

A profitable meeting at the Admiralty

I trust.

Quite satisfactory, Mr. Bracegirdle.

Signal the ships Dunbarton, Sophia

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