On that note,
grabbing an oxhoof out of a basket where it lay,
with a brawny hand he flung it straight at the king –
but Odysseus ducked his head a little, dodging the blow,
and seething just as the oxhoof hit the solid wall
he clenched his teeth in a wry sardonic grin.
Telemachus dressed Ctesippus down at once:
"Ctesippus, you can thank your lucky stars
you missed our guest – he ducked your blow, by god!
Else I would have planted my sharp spear in your bowels –
your father would have been busy with your funeral,
not your wedding here. Enough."