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In Homer's The Odyssey, how does Telemachus respond to Antinous' reply in the assembly?

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In Homer's The Odyssey, Antinous is one of the suitors who has descended upon Odysseus' wife, Penelope, vying for her hand in marriage—and all that Odysseus owned—because Odysseus has been gone for twenty years and is presumed dead.

Telemachus should be the heir to his father's home and fortune. However, because they are not certain that Odysseus is dead, Telemachus is ignored by the suitors who spend every day at the home of Odysseus and Penelope, wooing her to marry one of them, eating every animal they can slaughter and drinking all of the wine.

Telemachus convenes the assembly, which has not been called together since Odysseus lived among them. Telemachus makes his grievances clearly known. The suitors...

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