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Letters 3

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Bush watched horrified as Hornblower's face drained of all colour as his puzzlement changed to shocked realisation. Bush looked down quickly hiding his expression, but aware the damage was done.

He risked a glance up, willing Hornblower to ignore his new knowledge. But he realised as he saw the determination mingled with guilt in Hornblower’s eyes that his hope was a forlorn one.

All his carefully worded letters had come to naught and Bush damped down a sudden burst of irritation at Hornblower’s unwanted awakening. But to his shame it was quickly replaced by an almost overwhelming sense of relief.