After Penelope leaves the nanny starts washing the beggar’s feet. She recognizes a scar on his leg, and realizes that the old beggar is actually Odysseus.
He swears the old nanny to secrecy.
At the end of the night Penelope decides to test the suitors the next day. The one who passes the test will become her new husband.
Odysseus worries about attacking the suitors. He does not want their families to try and attack him in revenge. Athena appears and reassures Odysseus that it is the suitors’ destiny to be killed by Odysseus.