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Eumaeus tells Ulysses:

The fat pigs have to go to the suitors, who eat them up without shame or scruple; but the blessed gods love not such shameful doings, and respect those who do what is lawful and right. Even the fierce free-booters who go raiding on other people's land, and Jove gives them their spoil- even they, when they have filled their ships and got home again live conscience-stricken, and look fearfully for judgement.

Ancient Greeks valued hospitality; however, Eumaeus' line indicates they would also agree with the following aphorism:


Every cloud has a silver lining.


Don't overstay your welcome.


A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.


Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.


A fool and his money are soon parted.

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