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Penelope, the faithful wife of the Greek hero Odysseus (Ulysses), whose story is told in Homer's Odyssey. During the wanderings of her husband on his return from the siege of Troy she was troubled by many suitors, but declared she could marry none till she had finished the winding-sheet of Laertes, Odysseus's father. Meanwhile, she always unravelled at night the part she had woven during the day. Her secret was discovered, but after a time her husband's return relieved her from further annoyance.