[The Odyssey]


Yes. You find a length of olive-wood the size of a ship's mast, cut off a fathom's length, heat it in the fire and sharpen it to a point. You hide it under a pile of dung and wait for Polyphemus to come home. When he does, he eats two more of your men for supper. You remember you still have some superior wine - a special present from a Ciconian priest whose life you'd spared. You offer him a bowlful, and then more, and more … You tell him your name is Nobody, and he promises to eat Nobody last as a special favour. Eventually he crashes out in a stupor …


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