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Women of the Classics

Mary C. Sturgeon

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. . .Tell too of thy city and parents.“[8]

Cunning Odysseus evaded her question. She might ask him anything but that, he said; for it gave him too much sorrow to think of his country and his race. Penelope was only too willing to be turned aside, burning as she was to ask for news of Odysseus. So she told the old man of her husband, and of his sailing for Troy, and of how she was pining for his return.

“O that he came once more, and had care of my life as aforetime! So were fairer my fame, and my lot more happy; for alway Now I am sad—such woes hath a deity sent to assail me.... Wherefore little I care for my guests, or if beggars entreat me, Little for heralds I care, who work for the weal of the people; Wasted away is my heart as I yearn for Odysseus....“[8]

She told him about the wooers, and the device of the shroud, which gained her thr. . . Read More