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Bernard Evslin

The Adventures of Ulysses

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making a whirlpool near her rock in which no ship could live.
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hen she would look at him. And her eyes, like blue flame, burned these pictures out of his head. Then he could not rest until he was within the scent of her hair, the touch of her hand. And he would whimper impatiently like a dog dreaming, shake his head, and go to her.
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Their noses grew wide and long, became snouts. Their hair hardened into bristles; their hands and feet became hooves, and they ran about on all fours, sobbing and snuffling, searching the floor for bones and crumbs.
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And before Ulysses could rally his terrified men, the giants were upon them, trampling the ships like twigs, scooping the men up and popping them into their mouths like children eating berries.
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A brutal bellowing yell shattered the air, and the men, paralyzed with fear, whimpering like puppies, saw a mob of giants, tall as trees, trooping toward them over the hills.
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But it was no trunk. He had been climbing no tree. It was a giant’s leg he had been climbing, and the clothlike bark was cloth indeed, the stuff of its garment. And he realized then that the three sailors he had sent aloft had climbed to a mumbling death
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Ulysses’ head swam with fear. Fear pried at his legs and arms, and he had to clutch the trunk with all his strength to keep from falling.
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The sun chased the moon across the bowl of the sky, and the beach darkened and went light again, moved from bright day to blackest night in the time that it takes to eat a meal.
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For night followed day upon this island like a hound hunting a deer.
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Orange bars of fire stood in the sky, then a great flooding of golden light, which purpled again and went dark.
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The purple sky deepened to inky blue, to black, then swiftly paled.
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It was a terrible punishment his fleet had taken from the brawling winds.
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Their hulls were gashed and splintered, the sails tattered, and the men themselves cut and bruised and half dead with fatigue.
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ULYSSES WISHED TO PUT as much open water as possible between him and the Islands of the Winds, but after six days he realized he would have to put into harbor. His ships were in very poor trim.
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He was immediately lifted off his feet and blown like a leaf off the deck and into the sea as the winds rushed howling out of the bag and began to chase each other around the ship. The winds screamed and jeered and laughed, growing, leaping, reveling in their freedom, roaring and squabbling, screeching around and around the ship.
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Aeolus held its neck closed, strode to the east face of the mountain, and stabbed again. As the east wind rushed out, he caught it in his sack. Then he stomped to the south slope and stabbed again, and caught the south wind in the sack. Now, very carefully, he wound a silver wire about the neck of th
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There was a rushing, sobbing sound; he clapped his leather bag over the hole, and Ulysses, amazed, saw the great bag flutter and fill.
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He stabbed the side of the mountain.
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Aeolus led him to the mountain, carrying his sword in one hand and a great leather bag in the other.
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would crawl back whimpering to its hole.
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