In setting up the test of the bow for the suitors, how is Penelope really saying that she is looking for Odysseus?  

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Odysseus is the only mortal man strong enough to string the bow. Penelope has been told that Odysseus is alive; by setting up the challenge of the bow, she is giving him an opportunity to shed his disguise and take back what is rightfully his from the suitors.