What happens to Odysseus when he makes it home to his wife?

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First, Odysseus takes on the challenge of stringing his own bow and shooting it through the handles of a line of axes, something none of the suitors could do. Then, he must get rid of all the suitors who have been squatting on his property and vying for his wife's...

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First, Odysseus takes on the challenge of stringing his own bow and shooting it through the handles of a line of axes, something none of the suitors could do. Then, he must get rid of all the suitors who have been squatting on his property and vying for his wife's hand in marriage. Once they're all dead, he has to take care of the duplicitous maids who fraternized with them. When he finally presents himself to his wife, she is suspicious of him, and so she says that she will have their bed brought out of their bedroom so that he can rest comfortably on it. This is a test by clever Penelope: long ago, Odysseus built their bed out of a tree that grows up through their home, and so it cannot be removed from the room. If the man knows this, then she'll know that he is really Odysseus; if he agrees to have the bed brought out, then she'll know he's an impostor. When Odysseus gets really angry, thinking that she's somehow gotten rid of or destroyed their old bed, she knows it's him and she embraces him as her husband once again.

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