All that Odyssey telemachus did they travel, swaying the yoke upon their necks till the sun went down and darkness was over all the land. He then led the way to his own house, followed by his sons and sons in law. Presently, when he too could put to sea again, and had sailed on as far as the Malean heads, Jove counselled evil against him and made it blow hard till the waves ran mountains high.
Therefore I am suppliant at your knees, if haply you may be pleased to tell me of his melancholy end, whether you saw it with your own eyes, or heard it from some other traveller, for he was a man born to trouble.
This is a sign that he is beginning to believe that his father is still alive, and that he needs additional information to decide what he is going to do, because he has decided there is something that needs to be done, and end the wasting of his wealth that the suitors are doing. Although he speaks well at the meeting and impresses some of the elders, the leading suitors Antinous and Eurymachus show no respect for either Telemachus or his mother, Queen Penelope, and little is accomplished.
Do you think I am so poor and short of clothes, or that I have so few cloaks and as to be unable to find comfortable beds both for myself and for my guests?
Athena tells Telemachus about his father, and what he should do to find out some information about his fathers whereabouts. She seems more often than not to wear a veil of tears for her man or a veil of silence for her own wishesor ineptitude in her dealings with her son.
Though you were to stay here and question me for five years, or even six, I could not tell you all that the Achaeans suffered, and you would turn homeward weary of my tale before it ended.
Later on Menelaus joined us at Lesbos, and found us making up our minds about our course--for we did not know whether to go outside Chios by the island of Psyra, keeping this to our left, or inside Chios, over against the stormy headland of Mimas. This is a sign that the suitors will meet their death when the time is right.
When the outer meats were done they drew them off the spits and sat down to dinner where they were waited upon by some worthy henchmen, who kept pouring them out their wine in cups of gold.