The Lotus Eaters

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  • Odysseus and his men have been drifting on the open sea for nine days. Now, on the tenth day, they approach the land of the Lotus-Eaters.
  • "Go find out who lives here!"
  • "Yes Odysseus!"
  • Once they land for supplies, Odysseus orders three of his men to find out who lives there. Perhaps this is because of his curiosity.
  • Odysseus' men are offered the lotus flowers by the Lotus-Eaters. The men accept the flowers because they are extremely hungry.
  • "Of course we're starving!"
  • "Would you like one of these sweet lotus flowers?"
  • "Nine days I drifted on the teeming sea before dangerous high winds. Upon the tenth we came to the coastline of the Lotus-Eaters, who live upon that flower."
  • "Ahhhh, I'm right where I want to be."
  • Once Odysseus' men ate the flower, they completely forgot about how much they wanted to go home.
  • "We landed there to take on water. All ships' companies mustered alongside for the mid-day meal. Then I sent out two picked men and a runner to learn what race of men that land sustained."
  • "You fools! Why are you fighting me?"
  • "Let us go!"
  • Since the men didn't want to leave, Odysseus was forced to drag them to the ship.
  • "They fell in, soon enough, with Lotus-Eaters, who showed no will to do us harm, only offering the sweet Lotus to our friends."
  • "but those who ate this honeyed plant, the Lotus, never cared to report, nor to return: they longed to stay forever, browsing on that native bloom, forgetful of their homeland."
  • "I drove them, all three wailing, to the ships, tied them down under their rowing benches, and called the rest."
  • "Filling in to their places by the rowlocks my oarsmen dipped their long oars in the surf, and we moved out again on our sea faring."
  • After Odysseus ties down the men infected by the lotus, he and the rest of his men rowed away from the island back to the open sea.
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