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What is ironic about Eumaeus offering Ulysses to come into his home and eat a meal?
Eumaeus believes Ulysses is dead and is secretly courting Penelope.
Eumaeus usually does not help strangers, especially those that look like beggars.
Eumaeus does not realize he is offering help to the very master who gave him the means by which to show a stranger hospitality.
Eumaeus is actually Minerva in disguise and is trying to help provide Ulysses with protection and advice.
Eumaeus' offer conceals malicious intentions that blindside the normally vigilant Ulysses.