Telemachus, son of Odysseus

The debate in Ithaca

Yes, you call all the local men to an assembly: the first time you've ever really shown any initiative (although you were encouraged by a goddess, of course). You accuse the suitors to their face : in reply their leader, Antinous, blames your mother, the lovely to enlarge It's all her fault, he says, because she tried to trick the suitors, by saying she'd decide who to marry when she'd finished weaving the shroud for Odysseus' father, Laertes. And she made sure she'd never finish by unpicking her work each evening! But now they'd discovered her cunning trick, she'd better decide soon.

You refuse to listen to Antinous' ideas, and encouraged by Mentor, another old family friend (and also Athena in disguise!) you tell them you've decided to visit your father's old friends from Troy, and see if they have any news…


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