The true son of Odysseus sprang from bed and dressed.
Telemachus does as Athena bid...gathered the people, and named the suitors for the hooligans they were.
Suitors plague my mother--against her will--The people are speechless.
sons of the very men who are your finest here! (54-55)
Pity seized the assembly.Contrast this with the suitors. One Antinous (what did I tell ya?):
All just sat there, silent...
no one had the heart to reply with harshness. (87-89)
"So high and might, Telemachus--such unbridled rage!Yeeeaaaah. Riiight. She was asking for it. She shouldn't dress that way. She was leading us on. Wow, that excuse is as old as....Homer. There's no coercion here, no sir:
It's not the suitors here who deserve the blame,
It's your own dear mother, the matchless queen of cunning...." (91, 94-95)
...we caught her in the act--unweaving her gorgeous web.Telemachus responds, and Zeus sends a sign. Halitherses interprets. Odysseus will return and oust the suitors. The usurpers think they know better. Eurymachus has a prophecy of his own. Isn't that the way of all bullies? Let me predict for you how I will beat you up...
So she finished it off. Against her will. We forced her. (121-122)
The prince's wealth will be devoured as always,Again with the 'she led us on.'
mercilessly--no reparations, ever...not
while the queen drags out our hopes to wed her... (225-227)
It's not enough for the usurpers to occupy the home of Odysseus, they must mock those with less power. Telemachus ignores them, but gathers supplies as Athena instructed. While he'd made a public declaration, he proceeded secretly. Note to self:it sure helps secret plans to have a goddess act as your double.
Then bright-eyed Pallus thought of one more step.Another note to self: it sure is a confidence-booster to have a goddess on your team.
Disguised as the prince, the goddess roamed through town,
pausing beside each likely crewman, giving orders... (422-424)
And Pallus Athena sped away in the lead
as he followed in her footsteps, man and goddess.
Once they reached the ship at the water's edge
they found their long-haired shipmates on the beach.
The prince, inspired, gave his first commands... (446-450)