Bloom erroneously imagines that his preoccupation with civic and political reform gives him something in common with Stephen, but Stephen’s rudely cryptic statements are deliberately apolitical. Bloom continues to give Stephen the benefit of the doubt, to be grateful for his company, and to make future plans for their continued acquaintance. The idealistic father-son relation between the two is further undermined here, as Bloom’s plans for them reveal the entrepreneurial side of his interest in Stephen.