The first time Telemachus addresses the assembled Ithacans at his house, Athena gives him strength and courage and "turn[s] his thoughts upon his father more even than before." He realizes that this change must be the work of a god, and "At once he sought the suitors, godlike himself." He sends his mother and her women away to their rooms, where Athena quickly puts Penelope to sleep. Telemachus tells the suitors that he wants to have peace in his house and that they should sup without brawling. Tomorrow, he says, he will force them to leave his house. If they refuse, he promises to "'pray that Zeus may grant [him] requital for [their] deeds.'" At that point, then, Telemachus vows to exact his revenge on them if they don't listen to him.
The next day, they assemble, and Telemachus singles out the leaders of the suitors and shames them all for plundering his home. He tells them that they should all feel ashamed of their actions and their "evil courses." Telemachus entreats them to leave, but Antinous declares that Penelope is to blame for their behavior because of the craft she employed in weaving and unraveling the death shroud for Laertes, Odysseus's father.