"I am Laertes's son, Odysseus." "I have been long detained by Calypso," "What of those years of rough adventure, weathered under Zeus?"
Tell me of your adventures.
"I drove them, all three wailing, to the ships....come, clear the beach and no one taste the Lotus."
"In the next land we found were cyclopes, giants, louts, without a law to bless them. " On the third day, Odysseus and his company of men set out to learn if the Cyclopes were friends or foes."
" '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 father land, far be that day, and dark years between. Let him lose all companions, and return under strange sail to bitter days at home.' "
" 'Strangers,' he said, 'who are you? And where from?"
" ' We are from Troy, Achaeans, blown off course....so the will of Zeus would have it."
" Blinded, and sick with painfrom his head wound, the master stroked each ra, then let it pass, but my men riding on the pectoral fleece the giants's blind hands blundering never found."