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707–9 (gathering not for battle but for mourning). 24. Il. 1–3; Od. 17–19. 25. Il. 4. 26. See also my chapter 1, 14–17, and Fenik (1968, 79–80). 14, which is functionally similar to the general descriptions in the Iliad. 27. We must be careful not to assume that every description of this sort presupposes a viewpoint from one hovering above the scene. Nestor at one point stands outside his hut to see what the clamor signifies: ... at once he looked on a disgraceful action, some being routed, others rushing behind them, mighty-hearted Trojans, and the wall of the Achaians was thrown down.

46. It is not, by the way, entirely true that “everything which is recounted occurs” in the Odyssey, since Teiresias’s prophecy extends beyond the scope of the poem to the time of Odysseus’s death. This exception reinforces Todorov’s point about no surprises—not even the events after the narrative ends are left open for speculation. 38 Scott Richardson 47. Bergren (1983) shows that Odysseus skillfully uses prolepses in the Apologue in the same manner as the main narrator in the Odyssey. 48. See chapter 1, 34.

17–19. 25. Il. 4. 26. See also my chapter 1, 14–17, and Fenik (1968, 79–80). 14, which is functionally similar to the general descriptions in the Iliad. 27. We must be careful not to assume that every description of this sort presupposes a viewpoint from one hovering above the scene. Nestor at one point stands outside his hut to see what the clamor signifies: ... at once he looked on a disgraceful action, some being routed, others rushing behind them, mighty-hearted Trojans, and the wall of the Achaians was thrown down.

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