1 On this Antinous began to abuse the swineherd.
2 Thus said the suitors, but Antinous paid them no heed.
3 As he spoke he snatched his hand from that of Antinous.
4 When they came, Antinous son of Eupeithes spoke in anger.
5 And Eumaeus answered, "Antinous, your birth is good but your words evil."
6 Antinous's man returned with a large and lovely dress most exquisitely embroidered.
7 Noemon then went back to his father's house, but Antinous and Eurymachus were very angry.
8 "Sit where you are, and eat your victuals in silence, or be off elsewhere," shouted Antinous.
9 The others applauded what Antinous had said, and each one sent his servant to bring his present.
10 Then Antinous said, "Comrades, let there be no loud talking, lest some of it get carried inside."
11 Telemachus answered, "Antinous, do not chide with me, but, god willing, I will be chief too if I can."
12 Then turning to Antinous he said, "Antinous, you take as much care of my interests as though I were your son."
13 Antinous," answered Telemachus, "I cannot eat in peace, nor take pleasure of any kind with such men as you are.
14 Ulysses hailed this as of good omen, and Antinous set a great goat's paunch before him filled with blood and fat.
15 Antinous, insolent and wicked schemer, they say you are the best speaker and counsellor of any man your own age in Ithaca, but you are nothing of the kind.
16 Antinous scolded him and said, "You swaggering bully, you ought never to have been born at all if you are afraid of such an old broken down creature as this tramp is."
17 The suitors bit their lips, and marvelled at the boldness of his speech; then Antinous said, "We do not like such language but we will put up with it, for Telemachus is threatening us in good earnest."
18 Antinous came up to him at once and laughed as he took his hand in his own, saying, "Telemachus, my fine fire-eater, bear no more ill blood neither in word nor deed, but eat and drink with us as you used to do."
19 A man knows neither ache nor pain if he gets hit while fighting for his money, or for his sheep or his cattle; and even so Antinous has hit me while in the service of my miserable belly, which is always getting people into trouble.
20 The crew then drew the ship on shore; their servants took their armour from them, and they went up in a body to the place of assembly, but they would not let any one old or young sit along with them, and Antinous, son of Eupeithes, spoke first.
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