Odyssey Book 6 Part 2

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  • Please, oh beautiful woman, can I please have some help, for I am alone and in need of direction to the city. I am but a humble sailor who crashed upon this shore.
  • You seem to be sensible and honest, so I will help you by providing food and washing you.
  • Okay, thank you for your help and ingenious plan.
  • If you come into the city after I do and wait until I talk to my parents, the king and queen, I think I can help you find your way home with a royal escort.
  • "Hear me, untiring daughter of aegis-bearing Zeus, hear me now, for you gave to heed to my prayers when Poseidon was wrecking me. Now, therefore, have pity upon me and grant that I may find friends and be hospitably received by the Phaeacians." (Homer 86)
  • Odysseus looked like a stalking lion to the women he found, "as he drew near to them all naked as he was, for he was in great need." Odysseus pleaded the women for help and although the maidens fled, Nausicaa stayed and helped the man by getting him cleaned and fed (Homer 82-83).
  • After Odysseus is cleansed and Nausicaa hears him out, the maiden then tells Odysseus of her plan to have him ask her father to direct him home. Nausicaa describes the castle and tells Odysseus that "if you can gain her [the queen] over, you may hope to see your own country again, no matter how distant it may be" (Homer 86).
  • "As the sun was going down they came to the sacred grove of Athene, and there Odysseus sat down and prayed to the mighty daughter of Zeus" (Homer 86).
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