"By the light of the fire, I read several passages from my only book, The Odyssey, hoping to gain courage from the trials of that hero."

The Odyssey is a Greek Epic poem written by Homer. The poem is about the Greek hero Odysseus and his travels home after the fall of Troy. He becomes a hero because of the trials he overcomes, such as blinding the Cyclops, and Kartik wants to gain courage from the tales of his accomplishments.