"It is Odysseus's famed curiosity that leads him to the Cyclops's cave and that make him insist on waiting for the barbaric giant."
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"We lit a fire, burnt an offering, and took some cheese to eat; then sat in silence around the embers, waiting."
"When he came he had a load of dry boughs on his shoulder to stroke his fire at suppertime."
"Strangers," he said, "who are you? And where where from? What brings you hear by seaways-a fair traffic? Or are you wandering rogues, who cast your lives like dice, and ravage other folk by sea?"
"I drew it from the coals and my four fellows gave me a hand , lugging it near the Cyclops as more than natural force nerved them; straight forward they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it deep in his crater eye, and I leaned in on it turning it as a shipwright turns a drill in planking, having men below to swing the two-handed strap that spins it in the groove.
"O hear me, lord, blue girdler of the islands, if I am thine indeed, and thou art father: grant that Odysseus, raider of cities, never see his home: Laertes' son, I mean, who kept his hall on Ithaca. Should destiny intend that he shall see his roof again among his family in his fatherland , far be that day, and dark the years between."