Nausicaa tells Odysseus to "follow the mules and wagon," walking with her maids toward town, while she leads the way. Once they begin to approach the city, she tells Odysseus to stop and wait in her father's orchard, giving her and her maids time to get to her father's house within town. Nausicaa does not want people in town to see her with Odysseus, because they will assume that she is behaving too boldly and improperly for a young woman. After waiting for some time—enough time for the princess and her maids to get home—Odysseus should walk to the city and ask someone the way to the king's palace. As soon as he reaches the mansion, he should go "quickly, across the hall until [he] reach[es] [her] mother." Nausicaa encourages Odysseus to approach her mother, Arete, and "grasp [her] mother's knees" instead of greeting her father, the king, first. She says that this is the best way to guarantee her parents' help so that he will live to "see the day of [his] return" to his home in Ithaca. The queen must "take [him] to her heart" in order for this to happen.