What does Telemachus tell the suitors to do in Homer's The Odyssey?

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The Odyssey by Homer tells of the many adventures of Odysseus as he attempts to return home after the Trojan War. In the meantime, rowdy suitors, thinking him dead, have invaded his palace, are feasting at his expense, and are vying for the hand of Odysseus's wife, Penelope. The goddess Athena persuades Telemachus to go and search for his father. When Telemachus returns, his father reveals himself to him, and together, they plot the overthrow of the suitors.

Just before the slaughter of the suitors, Telemachus brings his father, who is disguised as a beggar, into the banquet hall and sits him down at a small table with a rickety stool. Telemachus then tells the suitors to control themselves and refrain from insults and brawling. One of the suitors, Ctesippus, ignores Telemachus and throws an ox hoof at Odysseus's head, which Odysseus dodges. Telemachus informs the suitors that if the hoof would have hit the person they suppose to be a beggar, he would have put a spear through Ctesippus,...

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