Which is It?

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Herman Melville's short story "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street."

"Bartleby was one of those beings of whom nothing is ascertainable, except from the original sources, and in his case those are very small" (para. 1).

To me, the relationship between the narrator and Bartleby was a love/hate one, at least on the narrator's part. His curiousity of Bartleby overpowers all other feelings. The fact that he knows nothing about this mysterious man causes him to use exotic descriptions.

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

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Jeremy Barrick said:

I agree with you. He has become almost obsessed with the new scrivener. It is sort of eerie in a way. The reader almost feels bad for Bartleby. He is lonely. Nobody wants him.

Dave said:

Yeah, because of his passiveness, and indiference, Bartleby takes on an almost inhuman aspect. He's a bit like a beaten puppy (not a cute one, just a really pathetic-looking one) sitting on your porch. You may want it to leave, but if verbal commands fail, you feel too much pity to really force it to.

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