Antinous spoke. An even greater trembling seized
the beggar's legs, as they led him to the middle.
Both men raised their fists. At that point lord Odysseus,
who had endured so much, was of two mindsShould he
hit Irus so his life would leave him where he f
Telemachus spoke, and they all bit their lips,
astonished that he'd spoken out so boldly.
Then Amphinomus, splendid son of Nisus,
son of lord Aretias, spoke to them and said:
My friends, when a man says something just,
no one should get enraged and answer
Eurycleia Recognizes Odysseus
[Odysseus and Telemachus hide the weapons; Telemachus leaves to go
to bed; Penelope comes down; Melantho insults Odysseus a second
time; Penelope upbraids her, then has a conversation with Odysseus;
Father, what my eyes are witnessing
is an enormous wonder. In this room
the walls and beautiful pedestals,
the fir beams and high supporting pillars
are glowing in my eyes, as if lit up
by blazing fire. Some god must be inside,
one of those who hold wide
can draw a man to use it.
His dear father's words convinced Telemachus.
He called his nurse, Eurycleia, and said to her:
Nurse, come and help me. Keep the women
in their rooms, so I can put away in storage
these fine weapons belongin
for warmth and light. But then Melantho once again
went at Odysseus, chiding him a second time:
Stranger, are you still going to pester us
even now, all through the night in here,
roaming around the house, spying on women?
Get outside, you wretch, and
Odysseus spoke. Wise Penelope heard his words
and rebuked Melantho, saying to her:
You can be sure,
you bold and reckless bitch, I've noticed
your gross acts. And you'll wipe away the stain
with your own head. You clearly know full well,
because you heard
and never fail, while the sea yields up its fish.
All this from his fine leadership. With him
his people thrive. So here inside your home
ask me questions about anything except
my family or my native land, in case
you fill my heart with still more sorrow,
and weave a robe, wide and delicate fabric.
So I spoke to them at once:
You young men,
my suitors, since lord Odysseus is dead,
you're keen for me to marry, but you must wait
until I'm finished with this robe, so I
don't waste this woven yarn in useless w
Odysseus finished. Eurymachus in his heart
grew even angrier, and, with scowl, he spoke
his words had wings:
You miserable man,
I'll bring you trouble soon enough. You talk
brashly in this way among so many men,
no fear in your heart! Wine has seized your
Stranger, how'd you like to work?
What if I hired you for some distant farm
I guarantee I'd pay yougathering stones
to build up walls and planting lofty trees?
I'd bring some food there for you all year round,
clothe you, and get some sandals for your fee
stain you with lots of blood, and shove you out,
send you packing from this house.
With an angry frown,
wily Odysseus then answered her and said:
You bitch! Now I'll go and tell Telemachus
the way you talk, so he can cut you up,
limb from limb, right here
That's how they talked. Lord Odysseus was happy
at such welcome words. Then Antinous set down by him
the huge goat stomach stuffed with blood and fat,
and Amphinomus picked two loaves from the basket,
placed them before Odysseus, and then toasted him
I think, will not remain away for long,
not from his family and his native land.
He is close by. May some god lead you home,
and may you not have to confront the man
whenever he comes back to his own place.
For I don't believe, once he comes here,
Then her housekeeper,
Eurynome, answered her and said:
Indeed, my child,
all these things you say make sense. So you must go
and say that to your son. Do not hide it.
But first of all, you should wash your body
and put ointment on your face. Don't leave h
She made her taller, too, and changed her figure,
so it looked more regal. Then she made her whiter
than fresh-cut ivory. After she'd done all this,
the lovely goddess left, and white-armed servants came,
chattering as they moved there from their chambers
to be mistreated in this way? And now,
what if this stranger, sitting in our home,
should suffer harm from such severe abuse?
You'd be disgraced among all men and shamed.
Shrewd Telemachus then answered her and said:
Mother, I don't take issue with you no
Wise Penelope then answered him:
what's excellent about my form and beauty
the gods destroyed when Argives left for Troy
and Odysseus, my husband, went with them.
If he would come and organize my life,
then I'd be more beautiful and famous.
their own rich flocks, to feast the lady's friends.
They give splendid presents and don't consume
another's livelihood and pay him nothing.
Penelope finished. Long-suffering lord Odysseus
was pleased that she was getting them to give her gifts,
and brave Odysseus' servants held up the blazing flames.
Then Odysseus, born from Zeus, man of many schemes,
addressed those slaves in person, saying:
Servants of Odysseus,
your master, who's been gone away so long,
go to the rooms the honoured queen live
wife of Odysseus, Laertes' son,
will you never stop asking your questions
about my family? All right, I'll tell you.
But you'll be giving me more sorrows
than those which grip me hereas is the rule
when a man's been absent from his native land
into my house and entertained him well,
with a kind welcome, using the rich store
of goods inside my house. For the others,
comrades who followed him, I gathered up
and gave out barley from the public stores,
gleaming wine, and cattle for sacrifice,
Lady, it's difficult to tell you this
for any man who's been away so long
it's now the twentieth year since he went off
and left my country. But I'll describe for you
how my heart pictures him. Lord Odysseus
wore a woolen purple cloak, a double one.
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