The Odyssey- Encounter with Charybdis and Scylla
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"You at the tiller, listen, and take in all that I say- The rudders are your duty; keep her out of the combers and smoke; steer for that headland; watch the drift, or we fetch up in the smother, and you drown us."
That was all, and it brought them round to action. But as I sent them on toward Scylla, I told them nothing, as they could do nothing. They would have dropped their oars again, in panic...
And all this time, in travail, sobbing, gaining on the current, we rowed into the strait- Scylla to port and on our starboard beam Charybdis, dire gorge of the sea tide.
But when she swallowed the sea water down we saw the funnel of the maelstrom, heard the rock bellowing all around, and dark sand raged on from far below.
Then Scylla made her strike, whisking six of my best men from the ship. I happened to glance aft at ship and oarsmen and caught sight of their arms and legs, dangling high overhead.
We rowed on. The Rocks were now behind; Charybdis, too, and Scylla dropped astern...
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