We were studying Tennyson's 'Ulysses' in college, recently. Throughout my classes, I could not help but think, "Well, Ulysses may have abandoned all his responsibilities to go and do the la-di-da but did his family, his wife and son, be okay with that sort of desertion? I don't think so. What would the thoughts of a wife of so uncaring a man be? Also, no offense to anyone but he was an imbecile of the first order for having the gall to imply that now, that his wife was old, he'd be going on the Grand Tour because if Penelope is old, so is he!" As a result, I was compelled to write something from Penelope's point of view.