Chapter 15- Nausicaa
It turns out that the island Ulysses found was the island of the King and Queen of Phaeacia. The King and Queen had a younger daughter named Nausicaa, who had been turning down suitors for two years now. When Nausicaa was out bathing with her servantgirls, one of them finds Ulysses in the reeds. Nausicaa lets Ulysses bathe and gives him clean clothes then takes him back to the castle. However, an oracle had come to the king at this time and said to beware of strangers, shipwrecks, and storytellers, or his kingdom would feel the wrath of Poseidon. When Nausicaa takes Ulysses back to her parents, the king is extremely worried, but the queen tells him not to do anything. At a gathering in the kingdom, Nausicaa plays the harp to find out Ulysses' real name, so she sings of the Trojan War. When Ulysses tells everyone who he is, they forgive him and ignore what the oracles have said, because of how heroic he was in the battle. The king gives Ulysses a wish, and Ulysses asks to be taken back to Ithaca to see his wife and son.
Chapter 16- The Return
Nausicaa and her family sends Ulysses back to Ithaca, where he lands on the far side of the island. He found a cave in the cliffside where he stored all of his treasure, then ripped his clothes and smeared mud all over himself so he could pose as a beggar. He then found a swineherd, Eumaeus, whom he trusted. Eumaeus let Ulysses in, gave him food, and let him rest. Disguised as a beggar, he told Eumaeus that he had talked to Ulysses, but Eumaeus did not believe him. When Telemachus, Ulysses' son, got home from his voyage to find his father, Athene, goddess of wisdom, changed herself into a swineherd and told Telemachus to go to the home of Eumaeus, who has news for him. When Telemachus reached the hut, Eumaeus said that the beggar had word of Ulysses, but at the word "father", Ulysses leaped from the seat in front of the fire and embraced Telemachus, explaining that he was actually Ulysses. Ulysses, Eumaeus, and Telemachus then concocted a plan to take down the suitors asking for Penelope (Ulysses' wife) hand in marriage. Telemachus then took Ulysses to see Penelope, and although he did not reveal who he was, he told her of how much Ulysses had said he loved her. The time then came for the suitors' competition, and Telemachus announced that they would have to shoot an arrow through twelve rings, only something Ulysses had ever been able to do. Men after men attempted, but not one could even bend the bow. Finally, it was Ulysses' turn. He shot the arrow straight through the twelve rings. He then revealed that he was Ulysses, and all the men, flabbergasted, tried to apologize, but Ulysses had none of it. He told them to either fight or flee, and so Ulysses, Telemachus and Eumaeus fought of all the 100 suitors, and they lived happily ever after.