book 19 odyssey

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  • Melantho Meets the Stranger and they Talk
  • "I wonder, why do you hold such an angry grudge against me? Is it because I am dirty, wear foul clothing upon me, and go about as a public beggar?"
  • "Stranger, do you mean to stay here all night and bother us by poking all over the house and spying upon the women?"
  • Penelope Assures the Suitors and Odysseus Questions her
  • "'O repected wife of Odysseus, son of Laertes, you will not stop asking me about my origin? Then I will tell you, but you will give me over to sorrows even more than I have..."
  • "Young men, my suitors now that the great Odysseus has perished, wait, though you are eager to marry me, until I finish this web, so that my weaving will not be useless and wasted."
  • Penelope Tests the Stranger and Befriends him when he describes Odysseus
  • "Lady, it is difficult to tell you, with so much time between, for now it is the twentieth year since he was in that place and went away from my country. Still, I will tell you, in the way my heart imagines him." 
  • "Now my friend, I think I will give you a test, to see if it is true that there, and with his godlike companions, you entertained my husband, as you say you did, in your palace."
  • Melantho asks the stranger why he is staying at their house and bothering all of the women there, and he responds by wondering if she has such a grudge towards him because he is dirty and begging. This is an example of crossing the return threshold because he returns back to Ithica.
  • Penelope tells the maids to treat the "stranger" very kindly and to spoil him since he told her about Odysseus.
  • "But come handmaidens, give him a wash and spread a couch for him here, with bedding and coverlets and shining blankets, so that he can keep warm as he waits for the dawn of the golden throne,"
  • "But now that you have learned who I am, and the god put it into your mind, hush, and let nobody else in the palace know of it."
  • Penelope speaks to the suitors and tells them that they won't be able to marry her until she is finished weaving the quilt for her father, and then the stranger asks her why she keeps questioning his origin and if he actually entertained Odysseus.
  • Eurykleia finds out who the beggar really is 
  • "Then, dear child, you are really Odysseus. I did not know  you before; not until had touched my lord all over."
  • Penelope tests the stranger to see if he was really there to entertain her husband, and he responds by telling her how he imagined what Odysseus looks like and she agrees and becomes his friend. 
  • The contest of the bow and arrow is brought up
  • "O respected wife of Odysseus, son of Laertes, do not put off this contest in your house any longer."
  • "for now i will set up a contest : those axes which, in his  palace, he used to set up in order so that, twelve in all, they stood in a row, like timbers to hold a ship.
  • Odysseus is treated very nicely by Penelope for telling her about Odysseus and his journeys and about how this beggar "entertained him" at his palace, even though this never happened because Odysseus is undercover as a beggar and has to make up a story about his background since she keeps asking.
  • Eurykleia washes the beggars feet and as she does so she finds Odysseus's  birth mark and recognizes him. Odysseus tells her she is not aloud to tell anyone in the palace he is there. This scene links to the rescue from without in the heros journey because the nurse finally finds out Odysseus is really back and shows how happy she is to see him.
  • This is where Penelope proposes the plan that she will have a contest to make one suitor win her over, and the beggar, that is really Odysseus, says to not wait to have this contest because as soon as someone wins, Odysseus will return home. 
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