The Cyclops

The Cyclops
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  • "In the next land we found were Cyclopes, giants, louts, without a law to bless them. In ignorance leaving the fruitage of the Earth...each one dwells in his own mountain cave dealing out rough justice. (1-11)
  • "A prodigious man slept in this cave alone, and took his flocks to graze afield-remote from all companions, knowing none but savage ways...we climbed, then, briskly to the cave. (31-63)
  • So we looked round at everything inside.. and took some cheese to eat; then sat in silence around the embers,  waiting. (64-78)
  • "Strangers, he said, who are you? And where are you from?... Cyclopes try some wine. Here's liquor to wash down your scraps of men... Give me more... Drunk, hiccuping, he dribbled streams of liquor and bits of men. (101-226)
  • "Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike deep in the embers, charring it again... 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 they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it deep in the crater and I leaned on it turning it as a shipwright turns a drill in planking." (227-239)
  • "I tied them silently together, twinning cords of willow from the ogre's bed; then slung a man under each middle one to ride there safely, shielded left and right... the cyclops patted him, and then said: Sweet Cousin ram, why lag behind the rest in the night cave?... He sent us out into the open...then embarked and struck their oars into sea. (282-334)
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