The disappearance of the sun in Calypso sends Bloom's reveries into a very dark place. Where the Near East had inspired pleasant thoughts, first of wandering through the streets of an Islamic city, then of owning shares in a Palestinian plantation, and finally of enjoying the fruits of that region with Jewish friends, it now centers on the "dead sea," a "Vulcanic lake" that makes him think of the biblical story of the destruction of the "cities of the plain: Sodom, Gomorrah, Edom." The story of Lot's family seems emblematic to Bloom of the fate of the entire Jewish people. Soon it will be clear that he is thinking also of his own life.

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The Flight of Lot from Sodom by Gustave Doré, one of his engravings for the Great Bible of Tours (1875). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Possible locations of Sodom, Gomorrah, Zoar, Admah, and Zeboiim. Source: dabrownstein.com.