Traynor Odyssey: Books 17 and 18 (Book 17 (Plot (Telemachus heads back to…
Traynor Odyssey: Books 17 and 18
Telemachus heads back to his palace and is greeted by Penelope and Eurycleia. In the hall he sees Theoclymenus and Piraeus. He tells them not to bring the treasure but to keep it just n case the suitors kill him and take the riches.
Telemachus eats with Penelope and talks to her about the news that he gained about Odysseus in his travels, but leaves out the part about seeing him. Theoclymenus says that he believes Odysseus is in the town at the moment.
When Eumaeus and Odysseus head to the palace, the run into a group of goat headers lead by Melanthius. They kick Odysseus and laugh at him and mock him for not having a real job. :
Odysseus sees the dog that he trained before he went away. The dog immediately recognized him, but when Odysseus left, he dies.
When at the palace, the suitors reluctantly give Odysseus food. Antinous goes on the throw insults at Odysseus and he comes right back at him with them. Antinous then strikes Odysseus with a chair.
Penelope hears about the cruelity and asks to speak to Odysseus hoping he knows about where her husband is. Odysseus fears that the suitors will see him going to the Queen and decides to wait with Telemachus and the rest of the suitors.
Melanthius is a herder that speaks harshly to both Odysseus and Eumaeus.
Argos is a dog that odysseus trained before he left but he could not see grow up. The dog recognized Odysseus despite his disguise.
Araeus shows up and tells Odysseus to get out. Odysseus fights back with words, but is challenged to fight but the suitors urge it on.
Athena increases Odysseus's strength. The beggar shakes in fear.
Antinous tells Araeus that he will send him to Greece to King Echelus who is very violent and will torture him.
Odysseus easily beats him and breaks his jaw. The suitors now rejoice and praise Odysseus and provide a feast.
Odysseus warns Amphinomus to leave before Odysseus returns, but he decides to stay because Athena doesn't want anybody spared.
Athena decides that the suitors and her son and husband should see Penelope. The suitors should see him so they would desire for her, but her husband and son need to see her so that they respect her.
Athena makes Penelope's face and body and appearance more beautiful. The suitors instantly fall in love with her.
Penelope says that because her son has a beard, she needs to get married since Odysseus told her to. Because of this, the suitors present her with multiple gifts.
Odysseus tells the slave girls to sit with Penelope, but Melantho taunts him for his rank and class and looks. The suitors join in and escalates to the point where Eurymachus throws a chair at him.
Telemachus tells the suitors to go back to where they were staying.
Melantho is a slave girl raised by Penelope. She taunts Odysseus. She also is sleeping with Eurymachus.
Araeus shows up and acts like he is the boss of the castle even though he has no money. He is very arrogant and full of himself.