Eurycleia alerts Penelope that Odysseus is home. Penelope denies it at first, but soon follows her.
Penelope approaches Odysseus, but is unable to say anything, as she is in shock. Penelope then tests Odysseus by ordering her maid to move her and Odysseus’s bed. Odysseus proves his identity with his knowledge of the bed, stating that it is immovable.
Penelope realizes that it is truly Odysseus and embraces him. Odysseus tells Penelope that he must go on another voyage to make a sacrifice to Poseidon. They share their stories with one another and Odysseus then states that he must go to Laertes’s orchards.