Why is Penelope upset with Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey?    

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In Homer's Odyssey, the relationship of Telemachus and Penelope in the first few books is one that shows the maturation of Telemachus from a relatively shy young man to a fit heir of not only the wily Odysseus but also the strong-willed and intelligent Penelope, who manages to outwit the suitors and remain loyal to her husband. Penelope generally approves of Telemachus growing stronger and more independent, and taking action to find news of his father under the promptings of Athena disguised as Mentor. She is displeased when he sets off in Book II on his journey without informing her before he leaves.