Horatio is a little star-struck by the presence of Foster, about whom he's heard many heroic tales. It's obvious however, that Pellew is less than pleased with Foster and his effect on his young Acting Lieutenant. He considers Foster to be reckless with the lives of those under his command; when Foster is boastingly telling the tale of the fight with the Spanish ship, Pellew bluntly asks how many men were lost. Unhappy with Horatio's obvious enthusiasm for Foster, Pellew treats him a little coldly for a while. After Foster leaves for his own ship, the Dreadnought, though, Pellew tells Hornblower that he has recommended him for the Lieutenant's exam.