“That very moment great odysseus woke from sleep on native ground at last- he’d been away for years- but failed to know the land for the goddess Pallas Athena, Zeus’s daughter, showered mist over all… Odysseus cried in anguish: Man of misery, whose land have I lit on now?”
"'Man of misery, whose land have I lit on now?'”
"He choked it back, always invoking the cunning in his heart:"
"'So, stranger, the name of Ithaca's reached as far as Troy, and Troy, they say, is a long hard sail from Greece.'"
"'Ithaca... yes, I seem to have heard of Ithaca'"
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"'And now I am here once more, to weave a scheme with you and to hide the treasure-trove Phaeacia's nobles lavished on you then'"
"'I'm a fugitive now, you see. I killed Idomeneus' son'"
Odysseus wakes to find a country that he doesn’t recognize, for Athena has shrouded Odysseus in mist to conceal his true sight of the land while she plots his next move, stealing his free will from him. He curses the Phaeacians as he believes they have duped him and left him in some unknown land.
Odysseus is concealing his identity from Athena as he does not recognize her as her normal self. She insists that he is indeed in Ithaca. odysseus is concealing his joy that he has altered his faith and reached his homeland, leading him back to his family.
Odysseus tells Athena that he is wanted for killing a man who tried to steal from him. Athena, engaged in his story, changed back into a woman with hopes to help him disguise himself from the search and change his faith once more. She turns him into a beggar to hide his identity.