Jack H. David Jr.
SWT: ENG 3341
Summer II 1997
It is a good thing for you that the stranger turned his head so that you missed him. If you had hit him I should have run you through with my spear, and your father would have had to see about getting you buried rather than married in this house (221-b).
Now Telemachus is really beginning to act like his father!
As he [Odysseus] spoke, he made a sign with his eyebrows, and Telemachus girded on his sword, grasped his spear, and stood armed beside his father's seat (233-m).
I clinched my fist, and exclaimed aloud: Yes! Of course the people at the bus stop looked at me as if I were crazy.
...but Telemachus was too quick for him, and struck him from behind; the spear caught him between the shoulders and went right through his chest, so that he fell heavily to the ground and struck the earth with his forehead (235-b).
So now Telemachus has truly proven himself worthy to be called the son of Odysseus, at least by the established standards of manhood of the times.