My wife Clytemnestra, in league with aegis-thus, plotted against me and slew me at a feast. I died most cruelly. My comrades were slain around me, as swine are slaughtered for a banquet. You are used to bloodshed in battle, but the sight of thus treachery would have moved you to tears.
The gods have certainly been enemies of your family from the beginning, and always through the chemes of women.
No, my mother, I replied I had to come to consult the souls of Tiresias. I have not yet reached my native land. I've had nothing but trouble since i followed Agamemnon to troy.
Ah, poor son how did you come to this land of shadows, flesh and blood that you are? are you still wandering from troy? haven't you yet reached Ithaca? haven't you seen your wife Penelope
when you lived, we honored you with the gods. Now that you are dead, you are still a power in the land of shades. Don't be sorrowful, Achilles.
I would rather be the lowliest person on earth alive than rule over all the dead
I beg of you, in the name of your wife and family, please don't forget me when you leave. Don't leave me behind un-buried and un-mourned. burn me with all my armor. Build by the seashore a monument of me for those who come after. do all this and put my own oar above the tomb. Page.67 chapter 7
When he had finished, I replied "poor Elpenor, I promise to do all this for you.