Then the vision said, "Take heart, and be not so much dismayed. There
is one gone with him whom many a man would be glad enough to have stand
by his side, I mean Minerva; it is she who has compassion upon you, and
who has sent me to bear you this message."
"Then," said Penelope,
"if you are a god or have been sent here by divine commission, tell me
also about that other unhappy one--is he still alive, or is he already
dead and in the house of Hades?"
And the vision said, "I shall not tell you for certain whether he is alive or dead, and there is no use in idle conversation."
it vanished through the thong-hole of the door and was dissipated into
thin air; but Penelope rose from her sleep refreshed and comforted, so
vivid had been her dream.
Meantime the suitors went on board and
sailed their ways over the sea, intent on murdering Telemachus. Now
there is a rocky islet called Asteris, of no great size, in mid channel
between Ithaca and Samos, and there is a harbour on either side of it
where a ship can lie. Here then the Achaeans placed themselves in