1 Then the suitors came in and took their places on the benches and seats.
2 The suitors bit their lips as they heard him, and marvelled at the boldness of his speech.
3 If Ulysses is the man he then was these suitors will have a short shrift and a sorry wedding.
4 He went moodily home, and found the suitors flaying goats and singeing pigs in the outer court.
5 Hear me, men of Ithaca, and I speak more particularly to the suitors, for I see mischief brewing for them.
6 On this he broke up the assembly, and every man went back to his own abode, while the suitors returned to the house of Ulysses.
7 If I can hear of him as alive and on his way home I will put up with the waste you suitors will make for yet another twelve months.
8 Then, having done all this, think it well over in your mind how, by fair means or foul, you may kill these suitors in your own house.
9 He felt the change, wondered at it, and knew that the stranger had been a god, so he went straight to where the suitors were sitting.
10 There she found the lordly suitors seated on hides of the oxen which they had killed and eaten, and playing draughts in front of the house.
11 The suitors then returned to their singing and dancing until the evening; but when night fell upon their pleasuring they went home to bed each in his own abode.
12 Then Telemachus said, "Eurymachus, and you other suitors, I shall say no more, and entreat you no further, for the gods and the people of Ithaca now know my story."
13 He was sitting moodily among the suitors thinking about his brave father, and how he would send them flying out of the house, if he were to come to his own again and be honoured as in days gone by.
14 The old woman swore most solemnly that she would not, and when she had completed her oath, she began drawing off the wine into jars, and getting the barley meal into the bags, while Telemachus went back to the suitors.
15 Let the suitors do so of their own accord; it will be better for them, for I am not prophesying without due knowledge; everything has happened to Ulysses as I foretold when the Argives set out for Troy, and he with them.
16 But mind you never make common cause with any of those foolish suitors, for they have neither sense nor virtue, and give no thought to death and to the doom that will shortly fall on one and all of them, so that they shall perish on the same day.
17 Bid the suitors take themselves off, each to his own place, and if your mother's mind is set on marrying again, let her go back to her father, who will find her a husband and provide her with all the marriage gifts that so dear a daughter may expect.
18 Give him his helmet, shield, and a couple of lances, and if he is the man he was when I first knew him in our house, drinking and making merry, he would soon lay his hands about these rascally suitors, were he to stand once more upon his own threshold.
19 First go to Pylos and ask Nestor; thence go on to Sparta and visit Menelaus, for he got home last of all the Achaeans; if you hear that your father is alive and on his way home, you can put up with the waste these suitors will make for yet another twelve months.
20 Now, however, return home, and go about among the suitors; begin getting provisions ready for your voyage; see everything well stowed, the wine in jars, and the barley meal, which is the staff of life, in leathern bags, while I go round the town and beat up volunteers at once.