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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jul 27, Joyce rated it it was amazing. IPicture having an elderly parent and a close relative who does not share your ideas for how that parent should be cared for - even though you are directly following your parent's wishes.

Add to that a distance of some 2, miles between you and your parent. And that you have a full-time job. And your spouse or significant other is experiencing health issues. And throw in any other number of normal variables that life throws in.

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Pam does an admirable job of sharing her journey of heartbreak and IPicture having an elderly parent and a close relative who does not share your ideas for how that parent should be cared for - even though you are directly following your parent's wishes. Pam does an admirable job of sharing her journey of heartbreak and steadfast love for her father and for family tradition. If you can identify with even one or two of these challenges, this book is required reading.

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I am going to Sparta and to Pylos to see if I can hear anything about the return of my dear father. Where in the world do you want to go to — you, who are the one hope of the house? She took his shape, and went round the town to each one of the crew, telling them to meet at the ship by sundown. She went also to Noemon son of Phronius, and asked him to let her have a g:ijip — which he was very ready to do.

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When the sun had set and darkness was over all the land, she got the ship into the water, put all the tackle on board her that ships generally carry, and stationed her at the end of the harbour. Presently BK. Furthermore she went to the house of Ulysses, and threw tlie suitors into a deep slumber. She caused their drink to fuddle them, and made them drop their cups from their hands, so that instead of sitting over their wine, they went back into the town to sleep, with their eyes heavy and full of drowsiness. Then she took the form and voice of Mentor, and called Telemachus to come outside.

When they got to the shij they found the crew waiting by the water side, and Telemachus said, " Now my men, help me to get the stores on board ; they are all put together in the cloister, and my mother does not know anything about it, nor any of the maid servants except one. When they had brought the things as he told them, Telemachus went on board, Minerva going before him and taking her seat in the stern of the vessel, while Telemachus sat beside her.

Then the men loosed the hawsers and took their places on the benches. They set the mast in its socket in the cross plank, raised it, and made it fast with the forestays ; then they hoisted their white sails aloft with ropes of twisted ox hide. The wind does not whistle over waves. It only whistles through rigging or some other obstacle that cuts it.

Tlien they made all fast throughout the ship, filled the mixing bowls to the brim, and made drink offerings to the immortal gods that are from everlasting, but more particularly to the grey-eyed daughter of Jove. Telemachus visits Nestor at Pylos. There were nine guilds with five hundred men in each, and there were nine bulls to each guild. As they were eating the inward meats f and burning the thigh bones [on the embers] in the name of Neptune, Telemachus and his crew arrived, furled their sails, brought their ship to anchor, and went ashore.

Minerva led the way and Telemachus followed her. There can be no doubt that the Odyssean line was suggested by the Iliadic, but nothing can explain why Idseus jumping from his chariot should suggest to the writer of the Odyssey the sun rising from the sea. The Odyssey contains many sucli examples.

I imagine that the thigh bones made a kind of gridiron, while at the same time the marrow inside thcin got cooked. Beg of him to speak the truth, and he will tell uo lies, for he is an excellent person. I have never yet been used to holding long conversations with people, and am ashamed to begin questioning one who is so much older than myself.

When they saw the strangers they crowded round them, took them by the hand and bade them take their places. Nestor's son Pisistratus at once offered his hand to each of them, and seated them ou some soft sheepskins that were lying on the sands near his father and his brother Thrasymedes, Then he gave them their portions of the inward meats and poured wine for them into a golden cup, handing it to Minerva first, and saluting her at the same time.

The meat would be pierced with the skewer, and laid over the ashes to grill — the two ends of the skewer being supported in whatever way iiiight be found convenient.

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Meat so cooking may be seen in any eating house in Smyrna, or any Eastern town. When I rode across the Troad from the Dardanelles to Hissarlik and Mount Ida, I noticed that my dragoman and his men did all our outdoor cooking exactly in the Odyssean and Iliadic fashion.

Still he is younger than you are, and is much of an age with myself, so I will give you the precedence. By and by, when the outer meats were roasted and had been taken off the spits, the carvers gave every man his portion and they all made an excellent dinner. As soon as they had had enough to eat and drink, Nestor, knight of Gerene, began to speak. Who, then, sir strangers, are you, and from what port have you sailed?

Are you traders? We come from Ithaca under Neritum, and the matter about! We know what fate befell each one of the other heroes who fought at Troy, but as regards Ulysses heaven has hidden from us the knowledge even that he is dead at ail, for no one can certify us in what place he perished, nor say whether he fell in battle on the mainland, or was lost at sea amid the waves of Amphitrite. Do not soften things out of any pity lor me, but tell: me in all plainness exactly what you saw.

If my brave father Ulysses ever did you loyal service, either by word or deed when you Achteans were harassed among the Trojans, bear it in mind now as in my favour and tell me truly all. But we sufi'ered much more than this ; what mortal tongue indeed could tell the whole story? Though you were to stay here and question me for five years, or even six, I could not tell you all that the Achaeans suffered, and you would turn homeward weary of my tale before it ended.

Nine long years did we try every kind of stratagem, but the hand of heaven was against us ; during all this time there was no one who could compare with your father in subtlety — if indeed you are his son — I can hardly believe my eyes — and you talk just like him too — no one would say that people of such different ages could speak so much alike. He and I never had any kind of difference from first to last neither in camp nor council, but in singleness of heart and purpose we advised the Argives how all might be ordered for the best. AVhen they explained why they had called the people together, it seemed that Menelaus was for sailing homeward at once, and this displeased Agamemnon, who thought that we should wait till we had offered hecatombs to appease the anger of Minerva.

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Fool that he was, he might have known that he would not prevail with her, for when the gods have made up their minds they do not change them lightly. So the two stood bandying hard words, whereon the Achieans sprang to their feet with a cry that rent the air, and were of two minds as to what they should do. But in the morning some of us drew our ships into the water and put our goods with our women on board, while the rest, about half in number, stayed behind with Agamemnon. We — the other half — embarked and sailed ; and the ships went well, for heaven had smoothed the sea.

The son of Tydeus went on also with me, and his crews with him. Later on Menelaus joined us at Lesbos, and found us making up our minds about our course — for we did not know whether to go outside Chios by the island of Psyra, keeping this to our left, or inside Chios, over against the stormy headland of Mimas. Four days later Diomed and his men stationed their ships in Argos, but I held on for Pylos, and the wind never fell light from the day when heaven first made it fair for me.

I know neither who got home safely nor who were lost but, as in duty bound, I will give you without reserve the reports that have reached me since I have been here in my own house. They say the Myrmidons returned home safely under Achilles' son Neoptolemus ; so also did the valiant son of Poias, Philoctetes.


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  4. Idomeneus, again, lost no men at sea, and all his followers who escaped death in the field got safe home with him to Crete. You too, then — for you are a tall smart looking fellow — show your mettle and make yourself a name in story," "Nestor sou of Neleus," answered Telemachus, "honour to the Achiean name, the Achajans applaud Orestes and his name will live through all time for he has avenged his father nobly.

    Do yon submit to this tamely, or are public feeling and the voice of heaven against you? Who knows but what Ulysses may come back after all, and pay these scoundrels in full, either single-handed or with a force of Achgeans behind him? I dare not let myself think of it. Even though the g'ods themselves willed it no such good fortune could befall me. Still, death is certain, and when a man's hour is come, not even the gods can save him, no matter how fond they are of him.