Odysseus, disguised as a beggar, now enters his own home with Eumaeus.
Odysseus sits in the threshold and watches the suitors eat while his son, Telemachus, notices him and calls Eumaeus over.
Take this bread and meat and give it to the beggar, and invite him to our company.
Antinous, the most insolent of the suitors, then notices the beggar and asks Eumaeus why he has brought such filth while Telemachus defends his father.
You want us to drive this beggar out? No Antinous, give him something for the sake of this house.
Eumaeus! Why did you bring this man here? Why should this worthless man come and eat your master's food?!
Odysseus now confronts Antinous for being so selfish and and unwise. He insults him for not wanting to give away anything even when he sits at the table of another man.
You have beauty Antinous, but not wisdom. You would not even give a grain of salt from your own home. And now that you sit at the table of another man, you do not give anything from what is plentiful.
Altinous is then provoked and bashes Odysseus on the shoulder with a footstool.
After receiving such a blow, Odysseus now recovers and is angered by Antinous. He vows that Antinous will receive the punishment of death and shames him for such a cowardly action.
Wooers of great queen, hear me, for the blow that Antinous has given me shows nothing but shame and pain. May Antinous receive not a wedding but the issue of death!
Sit down and eat or else you shall be forced to leave!
Odysseus now sits back down as Penelope begins to ask Eumaeus about Odysseus. Eumaeus tells her that Odysseus does not wish to speak with her. Theoclymenus also wishes for Odysseus's safe travel back and tells him of an omen that Odysseus will return and take his vengeance. All the while, Odysseus continues to watch the wooers while they feast as he plans their demise.
O Penelope, be sure that your lord returns to his home for I have seen an omen of the return of god-like Odysseus.