Book 7

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  • "The Phaeacians, those famous seamen, failed to observe him as he passed them.... Athene of lovely hair prevented it, shedding a magic mist round her favourite in her concern for his safety"
  • "Odysseus walked straight up the hall, wrapped in the mist that Athene shed about him,till he reached Arete and King Alcinous and threw his arms around Arete's knees" (Line 140)
  • "Arete daughter of godlike Rhexenor..."
  • "The mighty King Alcinous listened to what Echeneus said, took the wise and sutle Odyseus by the hand, raised him from he hearth and sitted him on a tall polished chair." (Line 168) "They all applauded at his speech and agreed that the stranger should be escorted home" (226)
  • "'My Friend,' replied Alcinous, 'I am not one to take offence for no good reason; it is always better to be reasonable. I wish - by Zeus and Athena and Poseidon - I wish i was a man like you, like-minded with myself, could you have my daughter and remain here as my son-in-law" (Line 309-312)
  • "I wish I was a man like you" "Take my daughter"
  • "'I appoint a day for your departurehome: Tommorow.'" (Line 318) "'Come along sir,' they said, 'your bed is made.'"So the long-suffering good Odysseus slept there in the echoing portico on a wooden bed" (Line 341-343)
  • Athena told of the history of King Alcinous and the history of the royalty. The Home of Alcinous is very luxurious. Once he explored the house a little while he found Arete and begged for help. After his begging, King Alcinous agreed to escort him home. Alcinous wishes he would be like Odysseus and that is out of respect for him. KING ALCINOUS ASKS HIM TO STAY AND MARRY HIS DUGHTER. He says that he will provided all the riches and a house if he stays, but because he is a foreigner, Alcinous will send him home... on a ship with crew to get him there
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