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Who killed Capt. Sawyer?

Post by 80 Winters on Tue 01 Aug 2017, 16:36

One of the great 'mysteries' of HNF. From the C.S. Forester Society we have one man's thoughts:


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Re: Who killed Capt. Sawyer?

Post by Chromedust on Tue 01 Aug 2017, 18:15

It was deliberately left open. It could have been Hornblower, it could have been the boy, or both and it could have been a true accident.

Since the book was written from Bush's pov, and Hornblower never admits anything beyond the accident scenario and there are no other proofs, we don't know, although I personally find it likely, that Hornblower might have pushed him. But it could also have been panicking and desperate Wellard, no longer caring if that brings him a death sentence, Hornblower witnessing this but covering the boy and only later cutting Sawyer's throat when the occasion arises to prevent him from testifying against the boy in case his state of mind got better later.

But I also totally consider it within Hornblower's personality to do it himself when the occasion arises.

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Re: Who killed Capt. Sawyer?

Post by 80 Winters on Thu 03 Aug 2017, 04:23

Other opinions:

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