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The Odyssey

by Homer
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How did Odysseus and his men eventually escape the cave?

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First, you need to remember that they have blinded Polyphemus by sticking the stake through his eye.  So now the cyclops can't see.  But he still needs to let his sheep go out to graze in the morning.

So what he does is he lets the sheep go.  But he...

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First, you need to remember that they have blinded Polyphemus by sticking the stake through his eye.  So now the cyclops can't see.  But he still needs to let his sheep go out to graze in the morning.

So what he does is he lets the sheep go.  But he runs his hands over each sheep to make sure that it really is a sheep.  This way, he will make sure the men don't get out.  But the men trick him.  They hold on to the underbellies of the sheep.  The cyclops doesn't feel them down there and so they ride out of the cave like that and escape.

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