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.
" As I stumbled among the crowds of Covent Garden, the smell of eel pie, hot and salty, nearly drove me mad with hunger. "
This is Covent Garden in London, England. This is what it looks like now-a-days, but try to imagine it back in the 1800's, with all the little stalls and shops lining the roads and the smell of freshly cooked food wafting in the air!
" A swarm of girls of various ages, from six to seventeen, breaks out into spontaneous caroling, entreating God to rest ye merry gentlemen. "