What instructions does Nausicaa give Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey?I would like to know the answer to this question because I am answering questions about The Odyssey. And I happened to stumble on...

What instructions does Nausicaa give Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey?

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This question seems to refer to the sixth book of Homer's Odyssey. After leaving Calypso's island, Odysseus has washed ashore in the land of the Phaeacians. The first person he meets is Nausicaa, daughter of Alcinous and Arete, the Phaeacians' king and queen. At lines 251-315, Nausicaa instructs Odysseus on how to approach her father and mother. She gives him directions on how to get to their palace. Nausicaa also tells Odysseus that he should follow behind her so that none of the townspeople will assume that she and Odysseus are linked romantically. She also advises him to first approach Queen Arete, rather than her father, as a suppliant if he has any hope of reaching his native land again:

Stride by him, and throw your arms around my mother’s knees, if you want see the day of your return come quickly and joyfully, no matter how far away your home may be. If you win her favour, you may hope to see your friends, and reach your fine house in your own country. (A.S. Kline translation)

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