The Adventure Of Ulysses



FEW of the Greek victors at Troy regained a peaceful supremacy over their own kingdoms. Each had his own adventures and was driven by the Fates through strange experiences. Most world-renowned of these wanderers was Ulysses, the shrewdest and among the mightiest of the Greek chieftains. He had incurred the enmity of the sea-god Neptune, and for ten years he was buffeted by the waves and driven from land to land, unable to regain his own home, the island of Ithaca.

When at length he did reach Ithaca he came alone and beggared, and found his palace in possession of a throng of suitors each insisting that he would wed the wife of the long-lost Ulysses and so become king. Penelope, the faithful wife of the wanderer, had long kept them at bay by insisting that she must first finish a wondrous web of cloth she was weaving; and secretly each night she unwove what she had finished through the day. Ulysses disposed of the turbulent suitors by appearing among them as a beggar, and proposing that they should try to bend and string the mighty old bow of Ulysses which had hung for all these years upon the wall. When no other could string it, he himself did so; and being then recognized by his son and his few surviving old servants, he used the bow to shoot the more dangerous of the suitors. Thus he reconquered his kingdom.






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