Talk:The Odyssey (Butler)/Book XVIII

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Could anyone give an interpretation for the following statement on this chapter :

"you need not grudge me things that are not yours to give"

I understand the meaning of the word grudge, but the problem is, it just does'nt seem to make much sense herein.

Thanks,

J.A.Belloc

Hey, the term "begrudge" (or colloquially "grudge") doesn't just mean holding a grudge against somebody, in this context it is seen where it means "to refuse to give something", I can grudge you my respect - meaning I refuse to give you my respect. Similarly, in this instance, the speaker is saying "You don't need to refuse to give me things that aren't yours to give anyways". Sherurcij Collaboration of the Week: Author:Charles Spurgeon 22:56, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay, but I was in bed with an awful cold. Anyway, I thank you very much for your help.

J.A.Belloc