This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...palace, they found the usual scene of riot and festivity. The suitors received Telem'achus with affected joy, although secretly mortified at the failure-of their plots against him. As Ulys'ses entered, a dog which lay in the court, half dead with age, raised his head in sudden recognition, fawned upon his old master, and expired. It waa Argus, whom Ulys'ses had often led to the chase. The banquet proceeded, but Telem'achus had much difficulty in dissembling his feelings when the suitors made his father a subject of mockery; and one of them carried his insolence so far as to strike the disguised hero. At length, the time arrived for the contest of skill which was to decide the fate of Penel'ope. Twelve rings were suspended at equal distances, and Telem'achua brought from the armory the mighty bow oi Ulys'ses, with its quiver of arrows; taking care, at the same time, to remove all other weapona from the hall. The first thing to be done, was to bend the liow, in order to attach the string. This Telem'achus tried to do, and was obliged to confess that liia strength was unequal to the effort. He passed the bow to one of the suitors, who was compelled to yield it in turn, amid the raillery of his companions. "When several had failed in the same manner, Ulys'ses begged that he might be allowed to try his skill. The request was received with shouts of derision, and some would have driven the insolent beggar from the hall. Telem'achua interfered, and remarking, with affected indifference, that they might as well gratify the old man, bade him try. Ulys'ses took the bow, and the suitors were amazed to see him handle the mighty weapon as if it had been a plaything. Their surprise was still greater, when, having adjusted the cord, and chosen an arrow...
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