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Penelope presents Odysseus' bow to the suitors and states, "Any suitor that can sting my husbands bow and shoot an arrow through 12 axes, is the one I will marry".
Telemachus sets the axes up and tries his own hand at the bow to prove bravery, but he can't string it. The suitors try rub the bow with grease to make it easier to string.
Outside, Odysseus(disguised as a beggar)shows the herdsmen, Eumeaus and Philoetius bis true identity.He tells them to be loyal and to help him.
Meanwhile in the hall, Eurymachus tries for the bow but fails. Antinous suggests to try the next day after sacrificing to Apollo.
Then Odysseus(still disguised as the beggar) tries for the bow. Antinous laughs.
Odysseus strings the bow easily and shoots all 12 arrows. His identity is revealed.
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