Horatio Hornblower

Season 1 Episode 3

The Duchess and the Devil

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1999 on ITV
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The Duchess and the Devil
Hornblower is assigned to escort a duchess and some important documents back to England on a captured French ship, but they are captured and imprisoned by the Spanish and he begins to suspect that the duchess is not who she appears to be.

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  • Horatio comes of age.

    This episode does not make it clear, as in the books, that Hornblower was in the Spanish prison for two years. In the book, he learned to speak Spanish while in prison, but in this version he still does not appear to speak the language at the end.

    Cherie Lunghi does an excellent job in the role of the Duchess, which was a minor character in the book. Another actress may have easily come across as foolish in this part, yet she makes the character quite believable.

Cherie Lunghi

Cherie Lunghi

Duchess of Wharfedale

Guest Star

Christopher Fulford

Christopher Fulford

Midshipman Hunter

Guest Star

Ronald Pickup

Ronald Pickup

Don Massaredo

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After they row out to the Spanish ship, Horatio yells to the men in English. Since it has already been established that Archie speaks Spanish, he should have been calling out to them in thier own language.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Hornblower: Sir, those men out there are dying.
      Don Massaredo: They are your enemies.
      Hornblower: The sea does not take sides, sir.

    • Don Massaredo: (upon giving Horatio word that he is to be set free) I wonder if their excellencies realize they're setting free a man who will doubtless be a thorn in their sides for many years to come.
      Hornblower: I shall endeavor not to disappoint them, sir.

    • The Duchess: After a night on Mr. Hornblower's rowboat I think I'd sleep easier on a perch in a parrot's cage.

    • The Duchess: Your Acting Lieutenant Hornblower is an extremely gallant and resourceful gentleman.
      Pellew: Is he?
      The Duchess: Mm-hmm.
      Pellew: I'm afraid he is no longer my acting lieutenant.
      (he throws the dispatches on the table in anger)
      As a result of exemplary gallentry in the fire ship attack on Gibraltar, an opinion confirmed by three captains, no less - captains who would not normally agree even on the colour of an orange. His promotion was confirmed in the last dispatches. He is now commissioned Lieutenant Hornblower.

    • Lieutenant Romero: I'm sure we will find a prison to keep you safe for the rest of the war.
      Styles: Don't bet on it, mate.

    • Hornblower: Don't froth at the mouth, Styles. You've seen a woman before, man.
      Styles: Not in six bloody months I haven't.

    • Pellew: You sail with one of England's luckiest captains, your Grace.
      The Duchess: Oh, why? Because he's got to cart me back to England?

    • Hornblower: England, sir?
      Pellew: Yes, England, boy. A big, damp, foggy island, nor-nor-east of Ushant. Think you can find it?

  • NOTES (1)