Penelope retrieves Odysseus’s great bow from the storeroom. Penelope explains the game to the suitors: whoever can string her husband's bow and shoot an arrow through the twelve axe heads will marry her. The leader of the suitors decides to go first; he is unable to string the bow three times, then is about to succeed on the fourth when Odysseus gives him a look and he stops. The other suitors fail to string the bow. Meanwhile, Odysseus follows Eumaeus and Philoetius outside and reveals his true identity to them, using his scar as proof. After they swear loyalty to him, he instructs them to give him the bow and lock the door when the time comes. Back in the hall, they continue to fail with the bow, and Odysseus asks to try the bow, but Antinous threatens him and advices him not to. Penelope insists the beggar be allowed the opportunity; if he succeeds, she will give him clothing and other gifts. Telemachus sends her to her room, and then orders Eumaeus to give Odysseus the bow. Odysseus examines the bow as the suitors mock him. He smoothly strings it as Zeus thunders, and then shoots the arrow through the axe heads.