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As Ulysses begins to walk toward the home of Nausicaa's father, King Alcinous, Minerva hides him a thick cloud of mist, comes to him disguised as a little girl, and gives him advice for how to enter Alcinous' house.

Yet despite her interference, the outcome of Ulysses' visit is not assured. Why?


To illustrate the limited power of the gods.


To reinforce that the power male characters possessed was greater than female characters.


To maintain Ulysses' agency as a character; his actions still remain the basis for his outcomes.


To foreshadow that Ulysses will ultimately have to face the suitors alone.


To reinforce the importance of guest-host interactions in advancing the plot.

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