Odyssey project for English class.
In the evening, Penelope interrogates the old beggar.
Friend, let me ask you first of all: who are you, where do you come from, of what nation and parents were you born?
My lady, I have heard a lot about you this being so, let it suffice to ask me of other matters. Do not enforce me to recall my pain. One of the maids might say I had got maudlin over cups of wine.
Stranger, looks, my face, my carriage were soon lost and faded when the achaeans crossed the sea to Troy, Odysseus my lord among the rest. If he returned I might be happily renowned! But grief instead heaven sent me .
Sons of the noblest families on the islands, Dulichium, Same, wooded Zacynthus, with Native Ithacans here to court me, against my wish; and they consume this house. Can I give proper heed to guest or suppliant or herald on the realm's affairs?
How could I? wasted with longing for Odysseus, while here they press for marriage. Ruses served my turn to draw the time out first a close-grained web I had the happy thought to set up weaving on my big loom in hall. I said that day,
Young men-my suitors, now my lord is dead, let me finish my weaving before I marry, or else my thread will have been spun in vain. It is a shroud I weave for lord Laertes when cold Death comes to lay him on his bier.
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