Penelope was devastated after Odysseus still hadn’t returned from being away for 20 years. She felt that since he still hadn't returned then he was probably dead. Penelope had exclaimed, “to add to my misery, Telemachus was now of an age to start ordering me around around,” (bad dreams).
"He snuck off in a ship to go chasing around looking for news of his father, without even so much as consulting me," (bad dreams). Penelope was so upset and scared that she was going to lose her son too. She had felt that Telemachus was just like his father and now he was out at sea.
Penelope had wept very much and had felt that she should go to sleep before she caused herself to sit in a puddle of tears. Penelope had felt that it would take her mind off of everything that was going on.
In Penelope's first dream, "Odysseus was having his head bashed in and his brains eaten by the Cyclops," (bad dreams).
The second dream that had occurred of Penelope's was Odysseus jumping off the his ship and into the water and he was swimming into the water towards the Sirens. The sirens were singing beautifully, while they had claws stretching out getting ready to attack him.
In the last dream which turns into a nightmare Penelope sees Odysseus, " making love with a beautiful goddess," (bad dreams). Then she realizes that the goddess had turned into her cousin, Helen. Helen then leans over the shoulder of Penelope's husband and winks at her.