I would like to take this moment to point out several random reasons as to why Horatio Hornblower is The Slashiest Thing Ever (other than Harry Potter, of course).
The most obvious reason:
His name is Hornblower. If this doesn't make you think of, uh, blowing the horn of Gondor (so to speak) then you clearly
didn't read the Very Secret Diaries enough are not as dirty-minded as I am (I am, however, guessing that since everyone friended on here reads or writes Harry Potter porn, you're not less dirty-minded than I am. If you are, I am sad.).
My favorite reason:
In the book Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, there is a chapter titled "Horatio Hornblower and the Man Who Felt Queer." In this chapter, there is a scene that goes like this:
"Begging your pardon, sir," said Hales, the young man who pulled stroke oar. "I'm feeling a bit queer-like."
Hales was a lightly built young fellow of swarthy countenance. He put his hand to his forehead with a vague gesture as he spoke.
"You're not the only one to feel queer," snapped Hornblower.
And then they had hot sex. In the jolly boat. (Or not, but you know.) For some reason the phrase "the young man who pulled stroke oar" strikes me as like, THE dirtiest phrase in existence. It cracks me up.
I'm easily entertained, yeah.