The Odyssey

The Odyssey Book 9

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"I drove them, all three wailing, to the ships, tied them down under their rowing benches, and called the rest: All hands aboard; come, clear the beach and no one taste the Lotus, or you lose your hope of home. Filing in to their places by the rowlocks my oarsmen dipped their long oars in the surf, and we moved out again on our sea faring."

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The quote describes Odysseus forcing his men to board the ship and leave the island of the lotus-eaters. The men who'd eaten the lotus and decided to stay were crying, and upon returning them to the ship, Odysseus is commanding the rest of his men not to eat the lotus, and to get the ship moving as quickly as possible.