1 And Minerva answered, "I will tell you truly and particularly all about it."
2 I hope, sir," said he, "that you will not be offended with what I am going to say.
3 If Ulysses is the man he then was these suitors will have a short shrift and a sorry wedding.
4 The sons of all the chief men among you are pestering my mother to marry them against her will.
5 Telemachus answered, "Antinous, do not chide with me, but, god willing, I will be chief too if I can."
6 As for any present you may be disposed to make me, keep it till I come again, and I will take it home with me.
7 It is more likely he is on some sea-girt island in mid ocean, or a prisoner among savages who are detaining him against his will.
8 It will be hard on me if I have to pay Icarius the large sum which I must give him if I insist on sending his daughter back to him.
9 Then, turning to Aegyptius, "Sir," said he, "it is I, as you will shortly learn, who have convened you, for it is I who am the most aggrieved."
10 Polyphemus is son to Neptune by the nymph Thoosa, daughter to the sea-king Phorcys; therefore though he will not kill Ulysses outright, he torments him by preventing him from getting home.
11 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.
12 The first of these is the loss of my excellent father, who was chief among all you here present, and was like a father to every one of you; the second is much more serious, and ere long will be the utter ruin of my estate.
13 Not only will he deal rigorously with me, but heaven will also punish me; for my mother when she leaves the house will call on the Erinyes to avenge her; besides, it would not be a creditable thing to do, and I will have nothing to say to it.
14 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.
15 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.
16 Sir," answered Telemachus, "it has been very kind of you to talk to me in this way, as though I were your own son, and I will do all you tell me; I know you want to be getting on with your voyage, but stay a little longer till you have taken a bath and refreshed yourself.
17 I am no prophet, and know very little about omens, but I speak as it is borne in upon me from heaven, and assure you that he will not be away much longer; for he is a man of such resource that even though he were in chains of iron he would find some means of getting home again.
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