Book 17

Book 17

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  • Telemachos tells Penelope about his journey
  • "Mother do not stir up a scene of sorrow, not trouble my heart once more, now I have escaped from sheer destruction..." Line 46-47 Page 254
  • Eumaios takes Odysseus into the city
  • "...Is the dog of a man who perished far away. If he were such in build and performance as when Odysseus left him could see his speed and strength...But now he is in bad times."  Lines 312-318 Page 254
  • Odysseus begs the suitors for bread
  • "Stranger, ...[Telemachos] tells you to go among the suitors and beg from all of them." Lines 350-351 Page 262
  • Telemachos comes home and Penelope asks him about his journey. He tells her to wash up and says he'll tell her at dinner. Later, he talks about where he went on his journey and what information he received about his father's homecoming.
  • Antinoos throws a stool at Odysseus
  • While going to the city, Odysseus sees his old dog Argos. Eumaios says it was Odysseus' best hunting dog but now he has hit bad times. Argos then dies, causing Odysseus to hold back his tears and protect his identity. 
  • Penelope talks to Eumaios
  • "Go now on your way, noble Eumaios, and tell the stranger to come so I can befriend him." Lines 508-509 Page 265
  • After arriving at the palace, Telemachos tells Eumaios to instruct Odysseus to beg the suitors for bread.
  • Eumaios talks to Odysseus about what Penelope said
  • "Father and friend, circumspet Penelope...summons you for her heart is urgent to find out from you about her husband..." Lines 553-555 Page 267
  • Antinoos is angered by Odysseus' harsh words towards him so he throws a footstool at Odysseus. The other suitors scold Antinoos for this rude behavior towards The Beggar. 
  • "Now I think that you can no longer make a respectable retreat out of this palace, since what you say is scurrilous." Lines 460-461 page 265
  • Eumaios asks Penelope if The Old Beggar can stay in the palace. Penelope tells Eumaios to tell Odysseus he can stay, but she wants to hear his story about all of his suffering and travels and see what he knows of Odysseus.
  • Eumaios then proceeds to tell The Beggar what Penelope has said. Then Odysseus says he will tell Penelope about his journey and what he knows of her husband after the sun sets so the suitors don't interrupt.
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