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Wells Cyclopes in the Odyssey
Updated: 11/16/2017
Wells Cyclopes in the Odyssey
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  • "We climbed, then, briskly to the cave. But Cyclops had gone afield, to pasture his fat sheep, so we looked round at everything inside..." (61-63).
  • "It was our luck to come here; here we stand, beholden for your help, or any gifts you give--as custom to honor strangers" (115-117) \ "Cyclops, try some wine. Here's liquor to wash down your scraps of men." (201-202).
  • "Drunk, hiccuping, he dribbled streams of liquor and bits of men. Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike (225-228) \ "Clawing his face he tugged the bloody spike out of his eye..." (250-251).
  • "...then he set up a howl for Cyclopes who lived in caves on windy peaks nearby. Some heard him; and they came by drivers ways to clump around outside and call." (253-256). The Cyclopes were deceived by the name of "Nohbdy" because they though that nobody tricked Polyphemus, so they just left.
  • "Blinded, and sick with pain from his head wound, the master stroked each ram, then let it pass, but my men riding on the pectoral fleece the giant's blind hands blundering never found." (296-299). Since the Cyclops is badly injured he didn't catch Odysseus and his men as they sneaked pass him while hidden in the flock of rams. Polyphemus soon finds out.
  • "I got the longest boathook out and stood fending us off, with furious nods to all to put their backs into a racing stroke--row, row, or perish. So the long oars bent kicking the foam sternward, making head until we drew away, and twice as far." (345-350).
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