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There are now SIX YOUNG MEN eating. Antinous and Eurymachus have been joined by FOUR SIMILAR TYPES. They're having a good meal - as little Telemachus watches with old (50) EUMAEUS, a shepherd, who acts as the boy's protector.
MELANTHE, now older, less innocent, less shy, reaches past Eurymachos, to pour him some WINE; discreetly he squeezes her; she smiles, allowing herself to be pawed...
Antinous, in the act of chewing, catches Telemachus staring at him. (Around the boy's neck he still wears the FADED HORSEHAIR BRAID NECKLACE.)
ANTINOUS
What are you looking at?
Telemachus says nothing. Eurymachus laughs.
EURYMACHUS
He's measuring you for your coffin.
ANTINOUS
(to Eurymachus)
Is that so?
He regards Telemachus unpleasantly.
ANTINOUS (cont'd)
Boy. Come here. COME HERE.
Telemachus is uncertain. Eumaeus rises.
EUMAEUS
The lad has done nothing. Leave him
alone.
ANTINOUS
Hold your tongue.
EUMAEUS
When Lord Odysseus returns -
WHAM! In a flash Antinous has flung a LAMB BONE at the head of the older man, cutting him open so he BLEEDS.
VOICE
That will do.
They look. It's Penelope. The men rise awkwardly.
EURYMACHUS
Your majesty, we -
ANTINOUS
(overlapping)
Majesty, this fool insulted me...
Penelope ignores them as she surveys the SIX MEN.
PENELOPE
(to the newcomers)
Also suitors to my hand?
An overlapping mumble of "Yes, your majesty..." her contempt for them is withering. Finally -
PENELOPE
(without expression)
Come, Telemachus.
Obediently, Telemachus rises and trails his mother out of the room.
ANTINOUS
(calls after her)
Your husband is dead, my lady...
She keeps walking.
EURYMACHUS
We will stay until you choose one of us to sit on his throne...
ANTINOUS
...and lie in your bed..!
ON PENELOPE
she hesitates slightly in her step, then keeps walking.
PENELOPE
(to herself)
Then you will stay a long time.
The suitors' POV
Penelope and the little boy disappear down the hall.
ODYSSEUS' VOICE OVER
All unaware of my poor wife's misery, I redoubled my efforts to defy Poseidon's curse and reach home...
SLOW DISSOLVE TO:
ODYSSEUS' SHIMMERING REFLECTION IN A POND. WIDEN TO REVEAL
EXT. A LARGE FRESH WATER POND - DAY
a pleasant clearing on a green island...
Odysseus, with a large LEATHERN SACK is about to dip into the pond for some water...
ODYSSEUS' VOICE OVER (cont'd)
We still needed fresh water. It was while stopping to obtain some on an uninhabited island, that I encountered a rare piece of good fortune...
Odysseus stares into the clear WATER, but instead of his reflection he sees that of a jovial grinning MAN...
Startled, Odysseus turns to see who is next to him. No one.
By the time he turns to look again at the water, the GRINNING MAN is RISING UP OUT OF IT, LAUGHING and DRIPPING. He is Falstaffian in appearance and temprement, bedecked with garlands and lily-pads...
GRINNING MAN
Did I startle you? Come, admit you were startled.
ODYSSEUS
Entirely...
GRINNING MAN
I am Aeolus, King of the Winds. I was fishing. This is my island. All winds begin here, big and little, the tempests and the breezes - I send them all on their way. You are trespassing. Did you know that?
ODYSSEUS
I assure you, I did not. I am Odysseus, king of Ithaka. After ten years' absence, I seek only to reach my home once more...
AEOLUS
(impressed)
Odysseus! That clever fellow who dreamed up the wooden horse that toppled the walls of Troy?
ODYSSEUS
(with irony)
That clever fellow...
AEOLUS
Who has not heard of your deeds - or your cunning! But how is it that with all your brains you alone, of all the Greek princes, have not yet returned home?
ODYSSEUS
I offended the lord of the wine dark sea, Poseidon, and he has decreed that I never see my wife or son again...
AEOLUS
Poseidon - tush, that bully. My cousin. I am not afraid of him. (confidential) The sea is nothing without the wind to move it. Did
you know that? (Odysseus shakes his head). Well, let us see what we can do. You've been away from your family long enough. May I borrow that waterskin?
Odysseus hands him the large water bag.
AEOLUS (cont'd)
Now watch - we'll soon have you on your way. You'll be home in no time.
He stretches forth one arm to the sky - his other he inserts into Odysseus' SACK...
From the sky AEOLUS plucks DARK WIND CURRENTS and lets them flow into his outstretched PALM and travel across his broad shoulders INTO THE SACK - one WIND after another, as Odysseus watches with amazed delight. Aeolus laughs hugely at his own cleverness.
When ALL THE WINDS but one have descended into the SACK, Aeolus straps the top TIGHT with a LEATHER THONG, kneeling on the STRUGGLING WINDS to close the knot securely.
AEOLUS (cont'd)
There. I have left only the West Wind free. In nine days it will blow you and your ship to Ithaka.
ODYSSEUS
How can I repay your kindness?
AEOLUS
Tush, giving me the chance to foil that bullying cousin of mine is payment enough. Good luck to you...
He steps into the pond as he say this and slowly sinks into it, leaving Odysseus, bemused, looking for him there.
Not seeing him, Odysseus clutches the SACK, which is now quite heavy, and lugs it towards the shore...
EXT. BEACH - DAY
as his men watch, Odysseus returns to the ship, dragging a LARGE LEATHERN BAG. The men look at each other, curious.
ELPENOR
My lord, let us help...
They rush to assist him but he brushes them gruffly aside.
ODYSSEUS
Let go. I can manage...
Unceremoniously, he lugs the SACK past his wondering crew.
ODYSSEUS (cont'd)
(points)
See how the wind sits fair. Do not stand idle; raise the sail and seize our chance. Home, lads! HOME.
With a shout the CREW races to obey.
SEVERAL SHOTS
of the SHIP getting underway and speeding in fair weather before a brisk breeze. They are scudding along - DAY turns into SUNSET...
EURYLOCHOS
My lord, shall we trim the sail?
ODYSSEUS
(smiles)
She runs well enough and there's a clear moon - keep her before the wind and let her carry us to Ithaka.
POLITES
But in the dark, can you be sure -?
ODYSSEUS
Trust me.
Puzzled, the CREW obeys...
Odysseus sits in a chair on deck, next to the TILLER, one hand resting on top of THE SACK... He looks about. All is in order. Satisfied, he allows his eyes to close...
As the men work, they can't help looking at their chief, asleep, his
hand resting on the mysterious BUNDLE...
EXT. SEA - NIGHT
FAINT CANDLE and TORCHLIGHT REVEAL ODYSSEUS' SHIP holding course beneath the tranquil moon...
ODYSSEUS' VOICE OVER
For eight days we sailed thus, our progress home rapid and unimpeded. I believed I had beaten Poseidon -
EXT. DECK - NIGHT
Odysseus, asleep, sits in his chair, his hand still on the SACK - as several members of the CREW gather and study him.
ODYSSEUS' VOICE OVER (cont'd)
There is something about intelligence that inspires suspicion. That man who, like a chessplayer, can think three steps ahead, is viewed as calculating and therefore cold, and therefore not
ODYSSEUS (cont'd)
to be trusted. He engenders neither affection nor faith. While I slept, my intelligence fomented folly.
ELPENOR
(softly)
What's in the sack?
POLITES
Treasure...
PERIMEDES
Aye, he must be keeping it for himself...
Eurylochos says nothing but it is clear that he too, is troubled by the sack and Odysseus' protective hand on it.
EXT. HORIZON - DAWN
in the distance, an island, familiar, green...
EXT. ODYSSEUS' SHIP - DAWN
nearing the island...
POLITES
Look!
They crowd the gunwale and stare in happy disbelief.
PERIMEDES
Ithaka...
ELPENOR
Home...
EURYLOCHOS
Look - you can see morning fires on the beach! The fishermen breakfasting! Hey! HEY!!! HELLO! WE'RE HOME!!
True enough. They are close enough to home to see PEOPLE on the


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