Arrogance Before Reason

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 "As I walked home in a pensive mood, my vanity got the better of my pity. I could not but highly plume myself on my masterly management in getting rid of Bartleby. Masterly I call it, and such it must appear to any dispassionate thinker." (Melville)

In this passage his arrogance is profoundly evident.  He describes his removal of Bartelby as "masterly" even though he has taken no measure to discipline or repremand Bartelby for his insubordination.  He pleads with Bartelby and with every encounter he behaves meekly and when he finally asks him to leave he gives him nearly triple what he is owed.  I just found that funny, I found quite a few things funny in this story actually.  I love the way Melville implies something without actually saying it.

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL266/2009/09/melville_bartle/

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