Penelope rejected 108 suitors during her twenty-year wait for Odysseus to return. When he does return, resplendent in the light of the goddess Athena, his brightness is too bright and she can no longer recognize him. And how does Odysseus prove himself, his identity to this woman that has waited on him for twenty years?
He describes their bed, fashioned by his own hands; how one of its legs is a living Olive tree.
I want, more than anything, to be your Olive tree. Fidelity and perseverance, they yet speak to the man.