Women in The Odyssey: Calypso

Calypso keeps Odysseus with her, constantly reminds him that she is prettier than his wife Penelope, and is outraged when he continues to present to her with “tearful” countenance and begs her to allow him to return to his home on Ithaca.

Her speech to Odysseus is in the Introduction, which is why self quotes it here:

Do you really want
to go back to that home you love so much?
Well then, good-bye! But if you understood
how glutted you will be with suffering
before you reach your home, you would stay here
with me and be immortal — though you might
still wish to see that wife you always pine for.
And anyway, I know my body is
better than hers is. I am taller too.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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