"But now your wish was inclined to ask me about my mournful sufferings, so that I must mourn and grieve even more" (Book 9. 12-13).
"From there we sailed on further along, glad to have escaped death" (9. 62).
They wanted to stay there with the lotus-eating people, feeding on lotus, and forget the way home. I myself took these men back weeping" (9. 96-97).
Yay!!! We love eating lotus!
Odysseus begins recounting his epic tale after hearing the lyre and asked who he was at the feast.
Odysseus recounts his journey and the "[pains] Zeus inflicted on [Odysseus]" (9. 38). He starts with his tale of plundering and sacking a Kikonian city. Not listening to the advice of Odysseus, his ignorant companions linger on the beach and are ambushed.
After several days on the rough sea, the Achaians land on the island of the Lotus Eaters. The hospitality of the Lotus-Eaters was so great that Odysseus's men did not want to leave, but forced to leave by Odysseus.