In the Odyssey, while leaving Polyphemos' cave in Bk 9, Odysseus taunts the blinded Polyphemos until the Cyclops responds by heaving massive boulders. This action of Odysseus' nearly cost him the life of himself and the crew. Once again. this is another unnecessary risk that Odysseus takes, not to mention the fact that he drew the revenge of Poseidon for his son on himself. The extra time that it takes Odysseus on his homeward-bound journey from Troy is a direct result of this prideful act.