Why wont Nausicaa let Odysseus ride in her cart?  It should be in Chapter 6. Please explain!

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In Book 6 of Homer's The Odyssey, Nausicaa, the daughter of King Alcinous of Phaeacia, is a maiden. She is unmarried and, as all young princesses hope, she would like to find a suitable husband one day. She is a proper young girl who adheres to the proper principles of the culture and land of Phaeacia. It would not be fitting for a young maiden who is unmarried to be seen with a strange man entering the city. It would start rumors and may ruin her chances for ever marrying one day. She is so ready to be married and she's not willing to risk it. Therefore, she meets Odysseus instead at her father's palace.