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"Now Penelope sank down, holding the weapon on her knees and drew her husband's great bow out, and sobbed and bit her lip and let the salt tears flow"
Odysseus finally returns to Ithaca, where he is no longer recognized. He hears of the competition for his wife Penelope's hand in marriage, and he becomes outraged. He knows he can win her back, but he needs to do it in disguise in order to gain entrance into his own home.
Odysseus asks the goddess Athena to transform him into a worthless beggar in order to get into his home and win the bow competition. Athena complies and Odysseus becomes an old man.
"Now flashed arrow from twanging bow clean as a whistle through every socket ring, and grazed not one, to thud with heavy brazen head beyond."
"While he had arrows he aimed and shot, and every shot brought down one of his huddling enemies." "Soon the room is reeking with blood. Thus the battle with the suitors comes to an end, and Odysseus prepares himself to meet Penelope."
After Odysseus wins the competition for Penelope, Penelope is still worried that Odysseus is not truly Odysseus. She implores him to disassemble their marriage bed, but he is quite confused because it is impossible to disassemble their bed. For he knows that one of the legs is the trunk of an olive tree still embedded into the ground, proving that Odysseus is home after all.
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