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Starting with the narrators claim that he was going to relate a story about Bartleby the strangest scrivener I ever saw or heard of Melville begins where everything but Bartleby is discussed in some detail The result causes Bartleby to be discussed more as a causal force than as a human While the narrator admits he has limited information about Bartleby he makes little effort throughout the course of the story to discover anything about him He appears oblivious to Bartlebys slow deterioration from that of a mournful soul to a mechanistic being whose relevance has ended Rather he spends the majority of the time dwelling on how Bartlebys severely limited but profound intercourse with the inhabitants of the office greatly affects the narrators own life To the narrator Bartleby is much less a real man than an object of curiosity He is so taken with Bartlebys limited responses mostly containing some variation of the word prefer that he never thinks of what human experience could place a man in such a position This is demonstrated by the narrator passing up each opportunity to query a little further into the psyche of Bartleby On the Sunday when he caught Bartleby locked within his chambers the narrator does not stake out the doorway in an attempt to see if Bartleby was alone or with company He instead obeys Bartlebys wish that he walk around the block several times For a lawyer the narrator spends a tremendous amount of time analyzing his own being and precious little time evaluating Bartleby There are three times in the story that the narrator appears to try and aid Bartleby The first is when he visits him in the stairwell and attempts to offer alternate work options The second is when he pays the prison guard a little silver to provide Bartleby with edible food The final incidence is when he stops by the jail to see Bartleby only to find
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