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The Odyssey

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Penelope Wonders at Telemachus

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Penelope chides the suitors for being disrespectful to the beggar when he asks to try the ax challenge. However, Telemachus steps up and tells everyone that he alone should decide whether or not the beggar participates because he is the head of the household. He tells his mother to go back into the house. The text then states that “she went wondering back into the house, and laid her son's saying in her heart.”

Why does Telemachus’ statements cause Penelope to wonder?

A

She sees a difference in him since he returned from his journey.

B

She is afraid he has adopted the suitors’ corrupt ways.

C

She realizes that he has plan in place to overthrow the suitors.

D

She feels guilty for infantilizing Telemachus for so long.

E

She worries she will never be able to remarry without upsetting Telemachus.