Both Stephen and Bloom think of a biblical phrase, "fleshpots of Egypt," that evokes life in exile. It is used by the Israelites when they rebel against Moses, who has led them out of captivity in Egypt into near-starvation in the Sinai desert.

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James (Jacques Joseph) Tissot, The Gathering of the Manna (ca. 1896-1902), gouache on board painting held in the Jewish Museum, New York City. Source: Wikimedia Commons.