Odysseus Tests Eumaeus: The Odyssey, Book 14

The swineherd Eumaeus to Odysseus disguised as a beggar:

. . .  You will get all the clothes and things
a poor old beggar needs — at least for now.
But in the morning, you will have to put
your old rags on again. We only have
one outfit each, no spares.

We Meet Scylla: The Odyssey, Book 12

The Odyssey is the greatest adventure story ever told.

No other book she reads this year will come close.

Now to Scylla:

She has twelve dangling legs and six long necks
with a gruesome head on each, and in each face
three rows of crowded teeth, pregnant with death.
Her belly slumps inside the hollow cave;
she keeps her heads above the yawning chasm
and scopes around the rock, and hunts for fish.
She catches dolphins, seals, and sometimes even
enormous whales . . .

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


The Odyssey: Book 10, The Winds and the Witch

One of the smallest stories follows. After the horror of the Cyclops and the magic spells of Circe, this counts as a very wee segue (but, by a strange coincidence, she’s at the point in The Amber Spyglass when Lyra and Will head for the Land of the Dead):

The youngest one — Elpenor was his name —
not very brave in war, not very smart,
was lying high up in the home of Circe,
apart from his companions, seeking coolness
since he was drunk. He heard the noise and bustle,
the movements of his friends, and jumped up quickly,
forgetting to climb down the lofty ladder.
He fell down crashing headlong from the roof,
and broke his neck, right at the spine. His spirit
went down to Hades.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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