Book 7 Athena, in the guise of a young girl, meets Odysseus and guides him to the palace, having enveloped him in mist so that he might not be seen. The magnificent palace and its lovely garden impress Odysseus. He enters and supplicates Arete, the queen. Well received, he dines among the nobles of Phaeacia. In the evening, Odysseus describes to the king and queen how he came to Phaeacia, and Alcinous promises to speed his journey home.