So the Prince was appointed "Imperial Swineherd." He had a dirty little room close by the pigsty; and there he sat the whole day, and worked.
"That swineherd must certainly have been well educated!
"I will have ten kisses from the Princess," said the swineherd.
Ulysses now left the haven, and took the rough track up through the wooded country and over the crest of the mountain till he reached the place where Minerva had said that he would find the swineherd, who was the most thrifty servant he had.
When the hounds saw Ulysses they set up a furious barking and flew at him, but Ulysses was cunning enough to sit down and loose his hold of the stick that he had in his hand: still, he would have been torn by them in his own homestead had not the swineherd dropped his ox hide, rushed full speed through the gate of the yard and driven the dogs off by shouting and throwing stones at them.
On this the swineherd led the way into the hut and bade him sit down.
But they had a swineherd
's daughter who was even more beautiful than the miller's daughter, and they gave her a piece of gold to go to the iron stove instead of the Princess.
Methinks, too, from the stink, they must have been Roman swineherd
who habited this sty with their herds, an' I venture that thou, old sow, hast never touched broom to the place for fear of disturbing the ancient relics of thy kin."
She told me I was to fall under the walls of Troy by the flying arrows of Apollo; would that Hector, the best man among the Trojans, might there slay me; then should I fall a hero by the hand of a hero; whereas now it seems that I shall come to a most pitiable end, trapped in this river as though I were some swineherd
's boy, who gets carried down a torrent while trying to cross it during a storm."
One word to Reginald Front-de-B uf, or Philip de Malvoisin, that thou hast spoken treason against the Norman, and thou art but a cast-away swineherd
, thou wouldst waver on one of these trees as a terror to all evil speakers against dignities.''
Thus in the recognition of Odysseus by his scar, the discovery is made in one way by the nurse, in another by the swineherds
. The use of tokens for the express purpose of proof --and, indeed, any formal proof with or without tokens --is a less artistic mode of recognition.
Will not tutors be also in request, and nurses wet and dry, tirewomen and barbers, as well as confectioners and cooks; and swineherds
, too, who were not needed and therefore had no place in the former edition of our State, but are needed now?