Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus and Athena and Hermes return to the hall and Penelope offers the bow to the suitors - but, try as they might, none is capable of even stringing the bow, let alone firing it. When they claim that the competition is impossible Penelope invites Odysseus, still in disguise, to have a go. He first strings the bow then fires an arrow through the axe heads. Then Odysseus turns his attention to the suitors: they have sought to marry his wife against her will and have planned to kill his son...their fate is sealed.
This is the bow of the Great Odysseus, my husband.
It's impossible to string it!
We'll use our own bows!
Our friend over there may want to try! Telemachus, give him the bow!
Ha ha ha, the beggar!?
Ha ha ha, not a chance!
Telemachus, give our friend an arrow too!
No, give him the whole quiver!
Telemachus, bar the door!
At last, I am home!
The earth, and everything in it, is alive-and life is full of wonders!