Odyssey Part 3

Odyssey Part 3

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  • ... nine days I drifted in the open sea before I made shore, buoyed up by the gods, upon Ogygia Isle. The dangerous nymph Calypso lived and sings there, in her beauty, and she received me, loved me.
  • ... I have been detained long by Calypso, loveliest among goddesses, who held me in her smooth caves, to be her heart's delight, as Circe of Aeaea, the enchantress, desired me, and detained me in her hall.
  • Odysseus has finished telling his story to the Phaeacians. The next day, young Phaeacian nobleman conduct him home by ship.
  • He arrives in Ithaca after an absence of twenty years. The goddess Athena appears and informs him of the situation at home. Athena disguises Odysseus as a beggar and directs him to the hut of Eumaeus, his old and faithful swineherd. While Odysseus and Eumaeus are eating breakfast, Telemachus arrives. Athena then appears to Odysseus.
  • ... she tipped her golden wand upon the man, making his cloak pure wight, and the knit tunic fresh around him. [...] Then Lord Odysseus reappeared -- and his son was thunderstruck. [...] Then, throwing his arms around this marvel of a father, Telemachus began to weep. [...] "... Suppose Athena's arm is over us, and Zeus her father's..." [...] "...Before long they will stand to the right and to the left of us in combat, in the shouting, when the test comes-- our nerve against the suitors' in my hall."
  • Odysseus heads for town with Eumaeus. Outside the palace, Odysseus' old dog, Argus, is lying at rest as his long-absent master approaches.
  • But when he knew he heard Odysseus' voice nearby, he did his best to wag his tail, nose down, with flattened ears, having no strength to move nearer his master. And the man looked away... [...] ... death and darkness in that instant closed the eyes of Argus, who had seen his master, Odysseus, after twenty years.
  • Still disguised as a beggar, Odysseus enters his home, He is confronted by the haughty suitor Antinous. [...] In the evening, Penelope questions the old beggar. [...] Pressed by the suitors to choose a husband from among them, Penelope says she will marry whoever can string Odysseus' bow and shoot an arrow through twelve axhandle sockets. The suitors try and fail. Still in disguise, Odysseus asks for a turn and gets it.
  • Now shrugging off his rags the williest fighter of the islands leapt and stood on the broad doorsill, his own bow in his hand. [...] Odysseus glowered under his black brows and said: "[...] You forced yourselves upon this house. Fight your way out, or run for it, if you think you'll escape death..." Aided by Athena, Odysseus, Telemachus, Eumaeus, and another faithful herdsman kill all the suitors.
  • "Who dared to move my bed? [...] No mortal in his best days could budge it with a crowbar. There is our pact and pledge, or secret sign, built into that bed--my handiwork and no one else's!"
  • "No other man has ever laid eyes on it-- only my own slave, Actoris [...] You make my stiff heart know that I am yours." [...]... and he wept at last, his dear wife, clear and faithful, in his arms...
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