Samaritan

If anyone in Ulysses can be called a good Samaritan it is Leopold Bloom, and the first sentence of Eumaeus shows him acting explicitly and exactly like the one in the Bible: "Preparatory to anything else Mr Bloom brushed off the greater bulk of the shavings and handed Stephen the hat and ashplant and bucked him up generally in orthodox Samaritan fashion which he very badly needed." But Lotus Eaters slyly undercuts this altruism by having Bloom recall the question posed to Jesus just before the parable: "Who is my neighbour?" He thinks of it as he imagines checking out anonymous women in St. Andrew's church.

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Parable of the Good Samaritan, 1647 oil on canvas painting by Balthasar Cortbemde held in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The Good Samaritan, 1616 oil on canvas painting by Jacob Jordaens held in the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Source: Wikimedia Commons.