The Cyclops

The Cyclops

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  • "We beached there, and I told the crew to stand by and keep watch over the ship; as for myself I took my twelve best fighters and went ahead"  (375).
  • "Neither reply nor pity came from him, but in one stride he clutched at my companions and caught two in his hands like squirming puppies to beat their brains out, spattering the floor" (378).
  • "Cyclops, try some wine. Here s liquor to wash down your scraps of men.Taste it, and see the kind of drink we carriedunder our planks. I meant it for an offeringif you would help us home. But you are mad,unbearable, a bloody monster! After this,will any other traveller come to see you? He seized and drained the bowl, and it went down so fiery and smooth he called for more"  (379).
  • he's getting really drunk
  • "straight forward they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it deep in his crater eye, and I leaned on it turning it as a shipwright turns a drill in planking, having men below to swing the two-handled strap that spins it in the groove. So with our brand we bored that great eye socket while blood ran out around the red hot bar. Eyelid and lash were seared; the pierced ball  hissed broiling, and the roots popped" (380).
  • "Out of the cave the mammoth Polyphemus roared in answer: Nohbdy, Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me!To this rough shout they made a sage reply: Ah well, if nobody has played you foul there in your lonely bed, we are no use in pain given by great Zeus. Let it be your father, Poseidon Lord, to whom you pray. So saying they trailed away. And I was filled with laughter to see how like a charm the name deceived them" (381).
  • "I tied them silently together, twiningcords of willow from the ogre’s bed;then slung a man under each middle one to ride there safely, shielded left and right. So three sheep could convey each man. I took the woolliest ram, the choicest of the flock, and hung myself under his kinky belly" (381).
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