Simple substance

Nowhere in Eumaeus is the narrative's laudatory treatment of Bloom more fawning, or the flattery more ironically deflating, than in the paragraphs which show him trying to engage Stephen in discussion about the soul. His intellectual inadequacy is summed up in the uncomprehending reply he makes to Stephen's statement that the soul is "a simple substance."

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Detail from Michelangelo's depiction of God animating Adam, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. Source: