1 Then she called her maids and said, "Stay where you are, you girls."
2 On this the maids left off running away and began calling one another back.
3 Penelope washed her face, changed her dress, and went upstairs with her maids.
4 The girl, therefore, threw a ball at one of the maids, which missed her and fell into deep water.
5 So the maids went out, carrying a torch, and made the beds, to which a man-servant presently conducted the strangers.
6 It is a fine sight to see her as she leans back against one of the bearing-posts with her maids all ranged behind her.
7 They pulled without flagging, and carried not only Nausicaa and her wash of clothes, but the maids also who were with her.
8 She did tell me to follow along with the maids, but I was ashamed and afraid, for I thought you might perhaps be displeased if you saw me.
9 As long as we are going past the fields and farm lands, follow briskly behind the waggon along with the maids and I will lead the way myself.
10 She was careful not to go too fast for Ulysses and the maids who were following on foot along with the waggon, so she plied her whip with judgement.
11 The rest, stay all of you where you are; tell the maids in the house to prepare an excellent dinner, and to fetch seats, and logs of wood for a burnt offering.
12 Calypso set meat and drink before him of the food that mortals eat; but her maids brought ambrosia and nectar for herself, and they laid their hands on the good things that were before them.
13 Then Arete told her maids to set a bed in the room that was in the gatehouse, and make it with good red rugs, and to spread coverlets on the top of them with woollen cloaks for Ulysses to wear.
14 And now, Madam, wash your face, change your dress, and go upstairs with your maids to offer prayers to Minerva, daughter of Aegis-bearing Jove, for she can save him even though he be in the jaws of death.
15 Her mother was sitting by the fireside spinning her purple yarn with her maids around her, and she happened to catch her father just as he was going out to attend a meeting of the town council, which the Phaeacian aldermen had convened.
16 Arete was the first to speak, for she recognised the shirt, cloak, and good clothes that Ulysses was wearing, as the work of herself and of her maids; so she said, "Stranger, before we go any further, there is a question I should like to ask you."
17 She fooled us in this way for three years and we never found her out, but as time wore on and she was now in her fourth year, one of her maids who knew what she was doing told us, and we caught her in the act of undoing her work, so she had to finish it whether she would or no.
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