(4 syl.). The Web or Shroud of Penelope. A work
“never ending, still beginning;” never done, but ever in hand.
Penelopë, according to Homer, was pestered by suitors while her
husband, Ulysses, was absent at the siege of Troy. To relieve herself
of their importunities, she promised to make a choice of one as soon as
she had finished weaving a shroud for her father-in-law. Every night
she unravelled what she had done in the day, and so deferred making any
choice till Ulysses returned, when the suitors were sent to the
right-about without ceremony.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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