The Odyssey eBook

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“Telemachus, you should not remain so far away from home any longer, nor leave your property with such dangerous people in your house; they will eat up everything you have among them, and you will have been on a fool’s errand.  Ask Menelaus to send you home at once if you wish to find your excellent mother still there when you get back.  Her father and brothers are already urging her to marry Eurymachus, who has given her more than any of the others, and has been greatly increasing his wedding presents.  I hope nothing valuable may have been taken from the house in spite of you, but you know what women are—­they always want to do the best they can for the man who marries them, and never give another thought to the children of their first husband, nor to their father either when he is dead and done with.  Go home, therefore, and put everything in charge of the most respectable woman servant that you have, until it shall please heaven to send you a wife of your own.  Let me tell you also of another matter which you had better attend to.  The chief men among the suitors are lying in wait for you in the Strait {128} between Ithaca and Samos, and they mean to kill you before you can reach home.  I do not much think they will succeed; it is more likely that some of those who are now eating up your property will find a grave themselves.  Sail night and day, and keep your ship well away from the islands; the god who watches over you and protects you will send you a fair wind.  As soon as you get to Ithaca send your ship and men on to the town, but yourself go straight to the swineherd who has charge of your pigs; he is well disposed towards you, stay with him, therefore, for the night, and then send him to Penelope to tell her that you have got back safe from Pylos.”

Then she went back to Olympus; but Telemachus stirred Pisistratus with his heel to rouse him, and said, “Wake up Pisistratus, and yoke the horses to the chariot, for we must set off home.” {129}

But Pisistratus said, “No matter what hurry we are in we cannot drive in the dark.  It will be morning soon; wait till Menelaus has brought his presents and put them in the chariot for us; and let him say good bye to us in the usual way.  So long as he lives a guest should never forget a host who has shown him kindness.”

As he spoke day began to break, and Menelaus, who had already risen, leaving Helen in bed, came towards them.  When Telemachus saw him he put on his shirt as fast as he could, threw a great cloak over his shoulders, and went out to meet him.  “Menelaus,” said he, “let me go back now to my own country, for I want to get home.”

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