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What kind of a guy was Odysseus?

My guess is that Odysseus was probably the kind of guy who wouldn’t even pretend to press the “door open” button as you dash to make it to the elevator. He’d just pretend he didn’t see you, even though you know for sure he did. What does he think you are, stupid? Why’s he in such a hurry? He can’t wait 5 seconds? Are you really such bad company he can’t hold the door? Or at least pretend to?

Maybe now you think I’m crazy, but I have a bit of supporting evidence.

As the Trojan hero Hector closes in on the aged, Gerenian horseman Nestor, and Diomedes rushes to his aid, he spots Odysseus:

“Come on, / Let’s save the old man from this maniac!”

Odysseus didn’t hear, or pretended not to. (trans. Lombardo)

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Weak, Odysseus. Weak. Or as the kids say:

EPIC FAIL.

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