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Excersus LXXXIV: Penance Race


There are more examples of acts of contrition which could only be considered acceptable if you entirely forgot why you were punishing the mortal in the first place. One of those also involves Tiresias, who advised Odysseus to carry an oar around until someone asked him what it was, at which place he was supposed to erect a temple to Poseidon as an act of penance. It's couched well, but I just have the feeling that Tiresias, after having gotten away with the snake bit, figured that "Walking a bit inland and putting up a temple in the first rube village you come across" would probably seem dramatic enough to square everything up in Poseidon's mind.

- Count Dolby von Luckner