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STORIES OF GREECE AND ROME
THE STORY OF ULYSSES

passed into the hall. Following Nausicaa's advice he passed quickly by the Phaeacian chiefs, and came to the Queen, and addressed her. As he spoke, the mist cleared which Athena had spread about him, and all that were in the hall saw him.
And Ulysses said, "I come to you and to your husband and to your guests, asking a favor. May the gods bless you and them, and grant that you live in peace. But I pray you to send me safe home to my native country."
And he sat down in the ashes of the hearth. Then for a time all were silent, but at last one spoke who was the oldest man in the land:
" King Alcinous, it is not fitting for you to allow this man to sit in the ashes of the hearth. Raise him and bid him sit upon a seat, and let us pour an offering to Father Zeus, who is the friend of strangers, and let the keeper of the house give him meat and drink."
And Alcinous did so, bidding his eldest son, Laodamas, rise and give Ulysses his seat. An attendant poured water on his hands, and the keeper of the house gave him meat and drink. Then when all had poured out wine to Father Zeus, King Alcinous said that they would make plans on the morrow for sending this stranger to his home. They answered that it should be so, and each went to his home. Only Ulysses was left in the hall, and Alcinous and the Queen with him. She saw his cloak and tunic which she and her maidens had made, and said:
" Where do you come from, stranger, and who gave you these garments?"
So Ulysses told her how he had come from the island of Calypso, and what he had suffered, and how Nausicaa had found him on the shore, and had guided him to the city. The next day the King called the chiefs to an assembly

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