Book 9.5 The Happy Dwarves Of Donop: An Addition To Homer's Odyssey

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"Three days we sailed, with no sight of land.On the fourth day, we caught site of an islandto the left. We steered toward it, and upon coming closer,we noticed the queer characteristics of the island.It rose out of the sea like the top of some great mountain.Round the very top of the mountainwas a ring of tiny, close set cottages.A bit further down the mountain, closer to the sea,were rolling green hillscovered with white and brown and black and gray.The whole island was not very tall,but the middle was a noticeable point.Coming closer still, we sawthat the neutral spots of color were moving.A sea of seasoned cottonblowing across the soft slate of green.They were rabbits-hundreds and hundreds of rabbits-covering the knolls. We found a small inlet and went ashore.We found and followed a narrow, winding dirt pathto the ring of cottages. When we arrived,they were even tinier than we had previously expected.The middle cottage, the biggest of them all, had two floors.Yet the edge of the roof was just above our heads.Just then a tiny man, to match the house, came out to greet us.'Hello, friends! I am Dompus,king of this fine island of Donop.And these many Dwarves of mine(several other tiny men had emergedfrom the other cottages) are the Donopians.I see your men are tired, and wanting food and drink.Come into the Common and sit round the fire.We are just about to start our feast.'Inside the ringof cottages there was a blazing fire,with nearly one hundred happy Dwarves sitting round itwarming themselves. Above the fire weretwo hundred or so rabbits roasting on stakes.'You do not eat cattle or ram?You eat rabbit for your living?' I asked in amazement.'We eat what we have, my friend,'was Dompus' response. 'You may stay hereas long as you need, we will house you,though we do not have the bedding or shirtsthat would suit you.' Six months we stayedwith the happy Dwarves, always joyful,playing games and singing round the fire.The strange little people never fought,and I never once saw a sword or spearor even a shield. It seemed they were over friendlyand had no way of protecting themselvesfrom near enemies, like lambs trapped on a prairie,just waiting to be found by lions. One morningas Dawn shone with her rose red fingers,a foreign ship pulled ashore beside ours.Noticing this, we and the Dwarves immediately wentdown among the rabbits to catch a glimpseof the strangers. Having lived for so longwithout an ounce of anger or hatred,I think now that we were too trusting to go so close.At once the giant men with the long hairhopped out of their ship and into ours.They began to ransack everything,stealing wine, cheese, and anything else worth having.Dompus was overwhelmed.He had never seen such a...

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