The Odyssey Book 17

The Odyssey Book 17

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  • Penelope greets Telemachus after he finally returns to Ithaca. She was excited to see him and greeted him with much love, but her true intentions were to hear word of Odysseus.
  • You're home, Telemachus! Sweet light of my eyes I never thought I'd see you again, once you slipped to Pylos-against my will, so secret, out for news of your dear father. Quick tell me, did you catch sight of the man-meet him- what? (pg 355)
  • Please mother, don't move me to tears , don't stir the heart inside me. I've just escaped from death. Sudden death. No.  (pg 355)
  • Theoclymenus tells Penelope and Telemachus that Odysseus is indeed alive and back in Ithaca. He gives a prophecy that he is planning revenge on the suitors.  She doesn't believe him.
  • I swear Odysseus is on native soil, here and now! Poised or on the prowl, learning of these rank crimes he's sowing seeds for all your suitors. (pg  359)
  • Strange, Eumaeus, look, a dog like this, lying here on a dung-hill... (pg 364)
  • Odysseus is back in Ithaca disguised as a beggar. His dog recognizes his master and is happy to see his owner after many years, but he cannot reciprocate the feeling because he cannot risk blowing his cover.
  • Odysseus left him, sailing off to Troy- you'd be amazed to see such speed, such strength. But now he's run out of luck now, poor fellow... his master's dead and gone. (pg 364)
  • Your highness, swineherd- why drag this to town? Haven't we got our share of vagabonds to deal with, disgusting beggars who lick the feasters' plates? (pg 366)
  • Odysseus goes around asking the suitors for bread, to see who was worthy of punishment and who wasn't. All gave him something out of pity, except Antinous, who lashed out at Odysseus. He kept his cool. 
  • Antinous loses his cool and throws a stool at Odysseus. He responds by saying that there will be some type of revenge. Here, we see justice. Odysseus is trying to figure out who should be spared and who shouldn't. At this point, Antinous is on the side who will feel the wrath of vengeance. 
  • Now you won't get out of the hall unscarred, I swear, not after such a filthy string of insults! (pg 369)
  • Let Antinous meet his death before he meets his bride! (pg 369)
  • Go, good Eumaeus, tell the stranger to come at once. I'd like to give him a warm welcome, ask the man if he's heard some news about my gallant husband or seen him in the flesh... He seems like one who's roved around the world. (pg 371)
  • Penelope notices Odysseus outside and gaining an interest in him. She tells Eumaeus to bring him to see her, hoping that he can give her information on her husband's whereabouts, not knowing that the beggar is indeed Odysseus himself. 
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