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The Odyssey

by Homer

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How did the cyclops respond to Odysseus' taunt, and what was his men's reaction?

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After Odysseus and his men get away from the cyclops, he starts yelling back at Polyphemus, making fun of him. The cyclops gets really angry and starts throwing huge boulders at the ship.  Luckily for the men, he's blind and does not actually manage to hit them.

But Odysseus's crew, not surprisingly, is really mad at Odysseus.  They are essentially telling him to shut up so that he does not get them all killed.  They are happy to have gotten safely away from the cyclops and they do not want to give him any more incentive to try to kill them.

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