By and by the women returned from the fountain, and the swineherd came after them with the three best pigs he could pick out.
The door of the swineherd's hut was open, but all was dark within.
"I will have ten kisses from the Princess," said the swineherd.
The hut of the swineherd is but a phase, one landing-place in the career of Ulysses.
The swineherd, who was a most equitable man, then stood up to give every one his share.
Ulysses is to go to the swineherd who is loyal, and will give shelter.
The boy was afterwards sold to Laertes, the father of Ulysses, in whose service he put on immortality as the swineherd Eumæus.
In the hut of the swineherd, there is no domestic life, the woman is absent.
"I am certainly no swineherd, though you may think so," he hummed to himself.
In the present case, however, the swineherd makes no such discovery.