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Book 21: The Test of the Bow
Book 22: Death in the Great Hall
Book 23: The Trunk of the Olive Tree
Penelope gets Odysseus’s bow out of the storeroom and announces that she will marry the suitor who can string it and then shoot an arrow through a line of twelve axes. Meanwhile, Odysseus follows two of his former loyal servants to test their loyalty to him now.
Before the suitors realize what is happening, Odysseus shoots a arrow through the throat of Antinous. He then reveals himself as Odysseus, the suitors become frightened. Odysseus announces to the suitors that he will spare none of them.
She orders Eurycleia to move her bridal bed, and Odysseus suddenly flares up at her that their bed is immovable, explaining how it is built from the trunk of an olive tree around which the house had been constructed. Hearing him recount these details, she knows that this man must be her husband. Penelope doesn’t believe anything that Eurycleia says, and she remains in disbelief even when she comes downstairs and sees her husband with her own eyes.
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