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Why did Penelope do needlework all day just to undo her work at night?
To buy herself more time before the suitors would force her to choose a new husband.
To give herself more time to grieve for the dead Ulysses.
To have more time to get to know the suitors before she chose.
To have more time with the suitors because she enjoyed their attention.
Because the weaving is a metaphor for the cyclicality of life.