Ainsley's Odyssey Book 14-20 (Book 14: (Plot: (Odysseyus visits the…
Ainsley's Odyssey Book 14-20
Eumaeus: Odysseus’ swineherd who lives at his house
Odysseyus visits the swineherd Eumaeus, disguised as a beggar, who doesn't recognize him as his master
Guard dogs try and attack him but he is rescued and welcomed into Eumaeus' home
He enjoys a good meal of pork and listens to Eumaeus speak of his loyalty to his master and his fears that he won’t return
Then he makes up another story about being from Crete and how he got here but yet again Eumaeus doesn’t believe him yet again out of scepticism
Eumaeus gives him a coat and lets him sleep in the hut while he sleeps outside with the pigs. This is a true notion of Xenia that Eumaeus would give everything he has, although very little, to help a stranger
Odysseus predicts that Eumaeus will soon see his master again but Eumaeus doesn’t believe him as he has heard this many times before and been scammed.
Pisistratus: son of Nestor
Theoclymenus: prophet from Argos who accompanies Telemachus to Ithaca
Helen sends him off with many gifts and he tells Pisistratus that he will not accompany him back to Nestor's house and that he must return home to Ithica on his own.
Eumaeus tells Odysseus about how he was once the son of a king and was captured by Phonecian pirates and that he traveled all over until Laertes, Odysseus' father, brought him back to Ithica and that Odysseus' mother raised him along with her own daughter
Athena travels to Sparta to find Telemachus and Pisistratus and tells him that he must hurry home as the suitors are about to steal his mother from him. She also tells him of the suitor's plan to kill him and how to avoid it and that he must go to the swineherd's house when he returns
Theoclymenus, the famous prophet, boards his ship in Pylos trying to flee a convicted crime of manslaughter. Odysseus lets him on board and offers him hospitality upon arriving in Ithica
Telemachus disembarks and heads towards the hut to visit Eumaeus
Meanwhile in the Eumaeus' hut, Odysseus tests the limits of Xenia and offers to leave and says that he will earn money working for the suitors. But Eumaeus of course does not allow this as he says working for the suitors would be suicide.
Antinous: the lead suitor, rude and cruel
Amphinomus: one of the suitors, more kind and thoughtful
Telemachus goes to the hut and sees Eumaeus speaking to a stranger (odysseus in disguise). Eumaeus suggests that Odysseus should stay in the house with Telemachus but the boy is skeptical becasue of what the suitors might do to him
Eumaeus goes to the palace alone to tell Penelope of her son's return. Athena makes Odysseus young again and he tells his son who he really is. They weep together in rejoice and Odysseus tells his son of his plan to attack the suitors
The plan is to attack from the inside and for Odysseus to enter the house as a beggar and for Telemachus to hide all the weapons the suitors could use in a fight so they will be unarmed. And that he must keep his identity secret, even from his mother.
When it is announced that Telemachus has returned, the suitors knew their plan had failed and began to plan their next move. Antinous wishes to kill Telemachus before a council could be held to expose the suitors, but Amphinomus says they should wait for a sign from the gods
Penelope calls out suitors for their plans but can't do much. Then Eumaeus goes back to the hut to tell Odysseus and Telemachus of the suitors' return
Melanthius: goatherd for the suitors
Telemachus enters his house and is greeted by Eurycleia and Penelope in tears. Piraeus and Theoclymenus meet Telemachus in the hall where he tells them not to bring the gifts to the house as he fears the suitors might steal them.
Penelope questions him about his trip and he tells her the little information he learned and doesn’t reveal that he’s seen Odysseus. But then Theoclymenus juts in and tells of the promising sign he saw leaving Penelope hopeful but confused
Odysseus’ old dog Argos recognizes who he was but then tragically dies
Penelope hears word of this cruelty and asks the beggar to be brought to her room to speak to her. She promises clean clothes if he tells her any new he had heard about Odysseus. But he puts off the conversation as he does not want the suitors to see him with Penelope.
Odysseus enters his house as a beggar and and Telemachus offers him Xenia and tells him to beg from the suitors. They all give him food reluctantly except for Antinous who insults him. When Odysseus defends himself Antinous hit him with a stool and all the other suitors were disgusted.
Meanwhile Odysseus and Eumaeus head to town and meet Melanthius who is very rude to Eumaeus and even kicks Odysseus. Eumaeus prays for revenge on this horrible act.
Irus: Ithican beggar
Melantho: one of Penelope’s slaves
A real beggar named Arnaeus (Irus) enters the palace and is rather rude to Odysseus. He challenges him to a fight but Athena gives Odysseus strength to beat the old man almost to death as the suitors egged them on.
When Odysseus won, the suitors rewarded him with a meal. Odysseus tries to warn Amphinomus about Odysseus’ soon return and that there will be bloodshed and revenge for what the suitors have done. He almost listenens to Odysseus and begins to leave when Athena makes him stay so he will die.
Melantho insults Odysseus making him mad and he responds with aggressive threats. Then Eurymachus, inspired by Athena to get Odysseus mad at the suitors, insults him as well then throws a foot stool at him but missed and instead hits a servant. Telemachus calms everyone down before a riot broke out
Athena gives Penelope new beauty and she speaks to the suitors telling them that it is time for her to take a new husband. But first they must bring her gifts to show her worth.
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Telemachus and Odysseus remove the weaponsa while the suitors are sleeping. When Telemachus goes to bed, Odysseus meets with Penelope and she asks him about Odysseus.
Penelope tells him about her weaving trick to hold off the suitors. Then Odysseus tells her his lie about being from Crete and how he knows Odysseus. He promises that Odysseus will be home in a month.
Penelope offers him a bed but he declined saying he is used to sleeping on the ground. He lets Eurycleia wash his feet where she notices a scar on his leg that matches one Odysseus got boar hunting. Eurycleia hugs him and is so glad he's home but agrees to keep his secret from Penelope
Penelope then tells Odysseys of a weird dream she had where an eagle swoops down and kills 20 geese and claims that he is her husband and killed her lovers. Odysseus tries to explain the dream but she says that she is going to choose a man who can shoot an arrow through the holes of 12 axes in a line
Ctesippus: one of the suitors
Philoetius: a loyal herdsmen to Odysseus
Odysseus and Penelope both couldn't sleep. Odysseus hears slave women sneaking out to be with the suitors. Odysseus is enraged but Athena calms him down. And Penelope mourns her dead husband and Odysseus feels bad for her and wants to tell her.
Telemachus is worried that Penelope isn't treating his father well. But Euryclea assures him that she is. The slaves prepare the house for a special feast with Eumaeus, Melanthisu, and Philoetius who says he has not given up hope on Odysseus' return
The suitors begin to plot Telemachus' murder again, however Amphinomus calls it off when they see a sign from the gods. Telemachus warns the suitors to be nice to the beggar but Ctesippus throws an ox-foot at Odysseus.
Telemachus speaks against the action but Athena makes them laugh uncontrollably to anger Telemachus and Odysseus. Then the prophet Theoclymenus fates them a near death.