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            Nine days after our departure from Troy my men and I found ourselves in a strange land and miles from our original course.  In order to learn a bit more about this alien place, I sent three of my bravest soldiers on a scouting mission.  Unfortunately they learned a lot more than I had counted on.

            On their expedition, my men found themselves among natives of our temporary habitat.  Like any good host, these natives introduced my men to one of their favorite appetizers: the lotus.  A single taste of this native fruit made my soldiers forget everything they had ever know; where they were from, where they were going, everything.

            Although many of my other men would have enjoyed this easy way of living at this point, I decided I wouldn’t give them the chance to choose it.  For their own good, of course.

            Sadly, I had to put the three soldiers in chains and leave them behind.  Not only had they lost all sense of obligation and duty, but their sickness could have affected my entire crew.  Minus three, we sailed in the direction of our original course.

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