THE CONTINUITY OF TIME PRINCIPLE AND THE 'INTERLACE'
In the Odyssey three storylines1 are handled in a virtuoso way by the narrator. We start with the 'Odysseus' storyline, to which in 1.95 is added the 'Telemachus–Ithaca' storyline. When Telemachus leaves Ithaca in 2.434, this storyline is split in a Telemachus' storyline and an 'Ithaca' storyline. The storylines gradually merge: first the 'Odysseus' storyline and the 'Telemachus' storyline in Book 16, then the 'Odysseus–Telemachus' storyline and the 'Ithaca' storyline in Book 17. The narrator does not follow through his three storylines one after the other, but from time to time–effectively–switches between them, towards the moment of their merging even increasingly; the 'interlace' technique †. In detail we get the following picture:____________________