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The Lawyer begins by noting that he is an "elderly man," and that his profession has brought him "into more than ordinary contact with what would seem an interesting and somewhat singular set of men the law-copyists, or scriveners.
Bartleby is, according to the Lawyer, "one of those beings of whom nothing is ascertainable, except from the original sources, and, in his case, those were very small. The first is Turkey, a man who is about the same age as the Lawyer around sixty.
Turkey has been causing problems lately.
He is an excellent scrivener in the morning, but as the day wears on—particularly in the afternoon—he becomes more prone to making mistakes, dropping ink plots on the copies he writes.
He also becomes more flushed, with an ill temper, in the afternoon. The Lawyer tries to help both himself and Turkey by asking Turkey only to work in the mornings, but Turkey argues with him, so the Lawyer simply gives him less important documents in the afternoon.
The second worker is Nippers, who is much younger and more ambitious than Turkey. At twenty-five years old, he is a comical opposite to Turkey, because he has trouble working in the morning. Until lunchtime, he suffers from stomach trouble, and constantly adjusts the height of the legs on his desk, trying to get them perfectly balanced.
In the afternoons, he is calmer and works steadily. The last employee—not a scrivener, but an errand-boy—is Ginger Nut. His nickname comes from the fact that Turkey and Nippers often send him to pick up ginger nut cakes for them.
The Lawyer spends some time describing the habits of these men and then introduces Bartleby.
Bartleby comes to the office to answer an ad placed by the Lawyer, who at that time needed more help. The Lawyer hires Bartleby and gives him a space in the office.
At first, Bartleby seems to be an excellent worker. He writes day and night, often by no more than candlelight. His output is enormous, and he greatly pleases the Lawyer. One day, the Lawyer has a small document he needs examined.
He calls Bartleby in to do the job, but Bartleby responds: Instead, he calls in Nippers to examine the document instead."Bartleby the Scrivener" Summary. The narrator of "Bartleby the Scrivener" is the Lawyer, who runs a law practice on Wall Street in New York.
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"Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street," composed in , is perhaps Herman Melville's most famous short story. It's certainly his most inscrutable. Melville's account of how the eponymous scrivener, whose job is to produce multiple copies of legal documents, slowly and deliberately withdraws from everyday life with the sole explanation, "I would prefer not to," has continued to resist interpretation.
Bartleby will detach from the world in stages, beginning with this first statement. With each time he reiterates the statement, he is renouncing one more piece of the world and its duties.
The final renunciation will be of living itself, characteristically arrived at indirectly by the preference not to eat. Bartleby is a level 10 quest giver located in Old Town in the human city of Stormwind. He is a drunk that human warriors must deal with during their level ten quest chain.
He is a drunk that human warriors must deal with during their level ten quest chain. HERMAN MELVILLE LECTURE NOTES (BARTLEBY FOCUS) But the final line of the story clearly indicates a link between the scrivener and the rest of the world: "Ah Bartleby!
Ah humanity!" (). But Bartleby knows where he is and refuses to speak to the narrator who was his last connection to humanity and hope. He refuses to speak, he .