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  • "Strangers, who are you? And where from? What brings you here by sea ways?
  • "We are from Troy, blown off course by shifting gales on the sea."
  • "I would not let you go for fear of Zeus- you or your friends... where is your ship?"
  • "Poseidon broke it upon the rocks at your land's end. We are survivors."
  • Odysseus and his men had just lit a fire and burnt an offering when the cyclops entered his cave with a load of dry boughs on his shoulder to stoke his fire. Then he slid a slab of solid rock over the entrance to close the cave.
  • "Give me another, thank you kindly."
  • "Here's liquor to wash down your scraps of men. I meant it for an offering that you would help us home."
  • Then the cyclops took two of Odysseus' men and made them his meal. Eating every part of them. Then after his belly was full, he lay down like a mast among his sheep.
  • When the cyclops was asleep, Odysseus grabbed his spear and was about to stab the cyclops when he realized, if he killed the cyclops they would be trapped in his cave and perish. So they had to wait until morning.
  • "Nohbdy, Nohbdy's tricked me, Nohbdy's ruined me!"
  • The next evening after the Cyclops returned with his sheep, then caught another one of Odysseus' men and feasted on him. Odysseus offered him some liquor. The Cyclops drank several bowls until he finally passed out.
  • Then Odysseus drove his spear into the Cyclops' eye. "Eyelid and lash were seared; the pierced ball hissed broiling, and the roots popped."
  • The Cyclops rushed to his door and wrenched away the great doorstone and squatted in the breach with arms thrown wide blocking the door way. But Odysseus was smarter and tied him and his men to sheep to run out of the cave. The next morning the blind Cyclops couldn't see as Odysseus and his men escaped his cave on his very own sheep.
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