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    I would tell you what I think of this story, but I prefer not to.

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    What a pleasure it is to return to a work of genius and find it inexhaustible What a host of insights, what a web of subtleties, are contained within this short account of the breakdown of one man in a five man office I think of Melville the sailor, accustomed to wide sea vistas and many sea duties, recoiling at the confined, reduced lives of New York City office workers I think of Melville the innovative writer, his popularity and income waning as his daring increased, contemplating the act of writing considered in itself as a bleak task performed for money I think of Melville the prophet, warning of the starkness of the coming metropolis and the small brutalities of cubicle capitalism.I also marvel at the literary landscape which flows past the windows of this tale, for Bartleby, though it speeds non stop from the village of Dickens to Kafka Terminal, yet gives us a glimpse of the cities of Dostoevsky and Zola, their chimneys darkening sunset in the hills beyond.But the truth which haunts me is how precisely Melville delineates how we all survive or do not survive our workaday worlds Either we reduce our personalities to caricature and numb ourselves through substance abuse the clerks Turkey and Nippers or we deceive ourselves through a pattern of benign neglect disrupted by fits of compassion the Manhattan lawyer Otherwise we are doomed to be Bartleby, dismantling ourselves little by little, uttering in small I prefer not to portions The Everlasting No.

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    Ah, Bartleby Ah, Humanity.At first, as I tried to contain my surprise that Melville, who awed me in Moby Dick, was now writing with such humour and lightness, I felt that Bartleby was a Heroic figure, someone to be admired and emulated and a welcome break from the complicated characters of the doomed ship.On second thought, with a slight sinking feeling, I felt he might be a Romantic figure, someone to be eulogized and applauded.Then, still upbeat about the simplicity of the novella, I was sure that he was meant to be an Ironic figure, someone to be understood and assimilated.Soon, as the comic aspects faded into melancholy and unexpected depth started invading the short narrative, I started feeling that he might instead be intended as an Absurd figure, someone to be pondered and puzzled over Towards the end, as I too devolved with the spirit of the poor man, I felt that he must certainly be a Tragic figure, someone to be pitied and parodied Finally, along with the narrator, I was on the brink of concluding that he is a Villainous figure, someone to be excluded and ostracized But, in the end, in the tragic and evasive end, the novella had proved itself to be anything but simple and he was none of this and all of this, of course He was probably the essential human present in the most inscrutable of strangers, in the inner life of the other He might also be the scion of capitalism, a representation of its many wonders, and an idle, early sacrifice at the altar of pacifism and non violence He was some mysterious combination of the heroic and the ironic, and the rest too, in all probability of the incongruous and the inevitable A Gandhi without an audience He was Bartleby, the Scrivener I would prefer not to classify or understand him any further It will be too discomforting.

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    Bartleby, the Scrivener A Story of Wall Street, Herman Melville Bartleby, the Scrivener A Story of Wall Street is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam s Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856 In the story, a Wall Street lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to make copy or do any other task required of him, with the words I would prefer not to The lawyer cannot bring himself to remove Bartleby from his premises, and decides instead to move his office, but the new proprietor removes Bartleby to prison, where he perishes 1979 2015 1357 132 19 1390 191 1393 9786005906257 1390

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    I could ask you to look beyond your desk if you are at work or peep down your balcony if you are at home and spot a Bartleby But I would prefer not to. I could urge you to frame that calamitous Bartleby whose selective inveterate muteness is either enhancing your tolerance reserves or sharpening your fighting skills But I would prefer not to. I could exhort you to unsuccessfully debase this Bartleby s assiduity in light of his proven peculiarity But I would prefer not to. I could ask you the reason behind your acquiescence of this Bartleby s presence in your life and compel you to accept this Bartleby s apparent expertise in disarming your faculties But I would prefer not to I could challenge you to tear open your heart and then smirk at the sight of Bartleby s shades in it But I would prefer not to I could ask you to stop reading this annoying review right now and instead read the amusing novella by Herman Melville chartering the life of a benevolent employer and his eccentric scrivener, Bartleby But I would prefer not to

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    Everybody lies .

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    Bartleby, the Scrivener A Story of Wall Street, Herman MelvilleBartleby, the Scrivener A Story of Wall Street is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam s Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856 In the story, The narrator, an elderly, unnamed Manhattan lawyer with a comfortable business, already employs two scriveners, Nippers and Turkey, to copy legal documents by hand An increase in business leads him to advertise for a third, and he hires the forlorn looking Bartleby in the hope that his calmness will soothe the irascible temperaments of the other two An office boy called Ginger Nut completes the staff At first, Bartleby produces a large volume of high quality work, but one day, when asked to help proofread a document, Bartleby answers with what soon becomes his perpetual response to every request I would prefer not to To the dismay of the lawyer and the irritation of the other employees, Bartleby performs fewer and fewer tasks and eventually none, instead spending long periods of time staring out one of the office s windows at a brick wall The narrator makes several futile attempts to reason with Bartleby and to learn something about him when the narrator stops by the office one Sunday morning, he discovers that Bartleby has started living there Tension builds as business associates wonder why Bartleby is always there Sensing the threat to his reputation but emotionally unable to evict Bartleby, the narrator moves his business out Soon the new tenants come to ask for help in removing Bartleby, who now sits on the stairs all day and sleeps in the building s doorway at night The narrator visits Bartleby and attempts to reason with him to his own surprise, he invites Bartleby to live with him, but Bartleby declines the offer Later the narrator returns to find that Bartleby has been forcibly removed and imprisoned in the Tombs Finding Bartleby glummer than usual during a visit, the narrator bribes a turnkey to make sure he gets enough food When the narrator returns a few days later to check on Bartleby, he discovers that he died of starvation, having preferred not to eat Sometime afterwards, the narrator hears a rumor that Bartleby had worked in a dead letter office and reflects that dead letters would have made anyone of Bartleby s temperament sink into an even darker gloom The story closes with the narrator s resigned and pained sigh, Ah Bartleby Ah humanity 1979 2015 1357 132 19 1390 .

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    happiness courts the light, so we deem the world is gay but misery hides aloof, so we deem that misery there is none. 15 I see a blurred silhouette There is a person sitting at table He is writing He doesn t look up Nobody could have ever seen his face It s been hours and he doesn t get up A man, a chair, a table and a million papers The spitting image of desolation Does he have any life outside that place Probably not I hope he does.I read about this particular theme concerning jobs that drain life out of people, before I am talking about Benedetti s Poemas de la oficina Poemas del hoyporhoy, a collection of masterfully written poems that I highly recommend I wrote some little notes in the form of a review so, I really don t have anything to add.This is a new side of Melville for me I am not proud of my experience with Moby Dick At the same time, I am not sure if I will ever come back to that book Perhaps, I should Because the writing I found in this short story captivated me Maybe it is due to the fact that I could also relate to the story The kind of story at which good natured gentlemen might smile, and sentimental souls might weep I see people writing and reading and filing old papers, new papers, somebody else s papers Same rhythm, same tired looking eyes, same purpose in life to survive It has been said that happiness is not doing what you want but wanting what you do I agree Otherwise, living becomes mere existing Mechanical breathing Surviving Conceive a man by nature and misfortune prone to a pallid hopelessness, can any business seem fitted to heighten it than that of continually handling these dead letters, and assorting them for the flames 30 Melville, I feel an uplifting joy Our relationship has been rekindled thanks to this short story A perfect combination of vivid sorrow and a tender, subtle humor His words used the saddest yet most endearing beauty to describe one of the feelings every human being has experienced at least once that raw feeling of loneliness A lonely character in the middle of a crowd A crowd of all countries and of all times A passive, mild person able to awake a violent reaction and a sense of sympathy, at the same time I finished writing these rambling thoughts and I still see that man writing on his desk The amount of papers is increasing, so is his weariness And now, he hardly blinks Cold and unable to move, like a snowman made by some kid after school.Night is coming Soon, he will be in complete darkness He can t move but he could speak He seems weak but he stood up for himself once, because he simply preferred not to do something.I salute you, silent man And I wish everyone to never have to experience the slow vanishing that dead letters can cause.I can see that figure now pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn 7 I see Bartleby A human mirror.May 7, 14 Also on my blog Photo credit Bartleby the Scrivener via Theatre in Chicago

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