Odysseus and the Test of the Bow
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One day, Penelope announced she needed a commander of her home- for her husband was long gone. So she decided to have a contest- if the man bend and string the bow then sends an arrow through iron axe-helve sockets may have her bridal and home.
One by one, the suitors tried to string the bow, however fail. Only Antonius delays his attempt. Odysseus then asks to try his hand at stringing the bow.
Antinous sneers at the idea, but Penelope and Telemachus insist. Odysseus took his time- the suitors were now watching him.
A bow lover! Dealers in old bows! Maybe he has on like it at home! Or has an itch to make one for himself!
Odysseus in one motion strung the bow-the suitors faces all changed. He struck a arrow and it made the target.
The prince Telemachus, true son of King Odysseus, belted his sword on, clapped hand to his spear, and with a clink and glitter of keen bronze stood by his chair, in forefront near his father.
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