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It is a vast subject requiring a considerable effort in memorization, which Forester was unwilling to make. There was no bluffing here. A half-hour's study, boredom, and Cecil was off to the Students' Club to play bridge, his lifelong favorite card game. 29 His turbulent life, his worries, and his academic disappointments re-awakened the storytelling instinct in him that he had from childhood on. It was as if he were moving to the sidelines of medical life, or even life in general, and beginning to comment on it through the written word.

As an attractive young man with piercing brown eyes, nearly twenty years old, Forester began to become entangled with women although he had sexual experiences as a teen-ager. "27 He found women easy fare, necessary, easily manipulated, and not too difficult to abandon when he lost interest. When tired of sex Page 25 he went camping alone for weeks. 28 Since his male friends had for the most part been lost to him, he did not seek out friendships of his own sex. There might be questions concerning his lack of military service, as young men might compare war adventures, of which, of course, he had none.

Tennessee in combat. Returned to California. 1944 Divorced. 1945 The Commodore. Returned to Royal Navy vessels in the Pacific. 1946 Lord Hornblower. 1947 Married Dorothy Ellen Foster. 1948 The Sky and the Forest. Suffered heart attack. 1950 Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, Randall and the River of Time. 1952 Lieutenant Hornblower. 1953 Hornblower and the Atropos. Declined honors from Queen Elizabeth II. 1955 The Good Shepherd. 1956 The Age of Fighting Sail. 1958 Hornblower in the West Indies. 1959 Hunting the Bismarck.

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