So close but so far


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Odysseus and his men can almost touch their homeland, Ithaca... and then they make a terrible mistake that sets them far back from their goal of reaching home.

Storyboard Text

  • Nine days we sailed, by night and day alike, and on the tenth our homeland came into sight, so near that we could see men tending fires.
  • Ithaca!
  • But sweet Sleep overtook me - I was tired: I'd held the steering oar without a let; I'd not entrusted it to any comrade; I wanted our return home to be quick.
  • Meanwhile, my crewmen had begun to speak.
  • Just see what booty, splendid spoils, he carries back from Troy, while we, who toiled beside him, must return with empty hands.
  • To this, he now can add the friendly gift of Aeolus. Let's see what's in that sack- see how much gold and silver he has packed.
  • That's what they urged- and their disastrous plan prevailed. They opened up the sack.
  • The band of winds leaped out. The hurricane was quick to whirl my men away from their own land: Thrust back to sea, they wept.
  • When I awoke, my staunch soul hesitated. Should I leap off from the deck and die, or should I keep silent and stay among the living?
  • To be or not to be?
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