Odyssey

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  • Penelope is distant from Odysseus the first time they talk after he comes home. There have been many imposters trying to be Penelope's husband while her real husband was away. She acts cautiously to assure that Odysseus really came home and that this man isn't another fake.
  • "Strange woman, the immortals of Olympus made you hard, harder than any."
  • Penelope instructs Eurycleia to make up a bed for Odysseus to sleep in. She asks her to place the bed outside of the bedroom.
  • By asking Eurycleia to move the bed she is using her immovable marriage bed as a last test for Odysseus.
  • Odysseus becomes enraged when Eurycleia was told to move his bed. He knew the secret about the bed, it was built around a tree and no one would be able to transport it. This proves he is the real Odysseus and has finally come home.
  • "Woman, by heaven you've stung me now! Who dared to move my bed?...That us our pact and pledge, our secret sign, built into that bed-my handiwork and no one else's!
  • Once Odysseus began speaking about the work he put into the bed and the bedroom, Penelope fell to her knees with tears or happiness coming down her face. She knew it was her husband at last.
  • "Forgive me, don't be angry. I could not welcome you with love on sight! I armed myself long ago against the frauds of men..."
  • At last Penelope was in Odysseus's arms for the first time in 20 years. They wept and rejoiced because this was the day that they had been waiting so long for.
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