Enoch Arden

"Enoch Arden," one of four literary analogues that Bloom thinks of in Eumaeus for old sailor Murphy's return home after long absence, is a narrative poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Bloom reflects rather flippantly on the inevitability of a wife giving her heart to a new man after waiting too long for her husband to return, but Tennyson's powerfully moving story of heartbreak hints at the insecurity he must be feeling about his own marriage.

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Enoch Arden with Annie and Philip, in a pre-1924 watercolor painting by George Goodwin Kilburne. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Illustration of Enoch Arden seeing his wife's new family through Philip's rear window, in The Leisure Hour (1864). Source: Wikimedia Commons.