In Books 18-20, Odysseus the suitors and finds that two in particular, Antinous and Eurymachus, are rude and demanding.
Penelope asks Odysseus the beggar for new of her husband. He says he has heard that Odysseus is on his way home. Penelope,
however, has given up hope for Odysseus' return. She proposes an archery contest to the suitors, with marriage to her as the prize.
She enters the storeroom and takes down the heavy bow that odysseus left behind.