An excerpt from The Odyssey, by Homer
Book 23: Penelope tests Odysseus
'Come, Eurycleia, move the sturdy bedstead out of our bridal chamber— that room the master built with his own hands. Take it out now, sturdy bed that it is, and spread it deep with fleece, blankets and lustrous throws to keep him warm.'
Putting her husband to the proof—but Odysseus blazed up in fury, lashing out at his loyal wife: 'Woman—your words, they cut me to the core! Who could move my bed? Impossible task, even for some skilled craftsman—unless a god came down in person, quick to lend a hand, lifted it out with ease and moved it elsewhere. Not a man on earth, not even at peak strength, would find it easy to prise it up and shift it, no, a great sign, a hallmark lies in its construction. I know, I built it myself—no one else...
There's our secret sign, I tell you, our life story! Does the bed, my lady, still stand planted firm?— I don't know—or has someone chopped away, that olive-trunk and hauled our bedstead off?'
Living proof— Penelope felt her knees go slack, her heart surrender, recognizing the strong clear signs Odysseus offered. She dissolved in tears, rushed to Odysseus, flung her arms around his neck and kissed his head..."