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"We climbed, then, briskly into the cave. But the Cyclops had gone afield, to pasture his fat sheep, so we looked at everything inside: a drying rack full of cheese, pens crowded with lambs and kids, each in it's class-"
The Cyclops then came home and was angered that the strangers were there. He ate some of Odysseus's men and threatened to kill the others. Odysseus thought up a plan to stop him and gave him wine so he would pass out.
"Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike deep in the embers, charring it again, and cheered my men along with battle talk to keep their courage up: no quitting now."
"The pike of olive, green though it had been, reddened and glowed as if about to catch. I drew it from the coals and my four fellows gave me a hand, lugging it near the Cyclops as more then natural force nerved them; straight forward they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it deep in his crater eye-"
Since the Cyclops was now blind, the crew now had a chance to escape. Odysseus tied him men to the bellies of the Cyclops's rams and when the Cyclops let the rams out to graze, the men escaped.
The remaining men left on the ship. Odysseus couldn't help but take credit for what happened. He did not realize that the Cyclops could hear him, and the Cyclops prayed to Poseidon that he would punish them. Poseidon answered by throwing a rock at the ship.
Cyclops, if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him that Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laertes' son, who's home's on Ithaca!
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