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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