The Odyssey

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Irus Fights the Beggar

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The suitors encourage Irus to fight the beggar. The text states that as he prepared to fight:

"Ulysses girded his old rags about his loins, thus baring his stalwart thighs, his broad chest and shoulders, and his mighty arms; but Minerva came up to him and made his limbs even stronger still. The suitors were beyond measure astonished, and one would turn towards his neighbor saying, 'The stranger has brought such a thigh out of his old rags that there will soon be nothing left of Irus'."

What negative characteristics of the suitors does this scene underscore? Select ALL that apply.

A

Enjoyment of physical fights.

B

Unconcern for fellow suitors.

C

Disregard for guests.

D

Inattention to signs.

E

Concern for earthly renown.