Bartleby, the Scrivener Pdf by the American writer Herman Melville, is a short story published in 1853. In the story, a Wall Street lawyer employs a new clerk who, after an initial spell of hard work, refuses to do any other task required of him, bluntly refusing with the specific words “I would prefer not to.”
It is a critically acclaimed short story, widely considered one of the most popular short stories of all time.
Short Story Description
The narrator of the story is an unnamed-aged lawyer who deals with legal documents and has an office on Wall Street. He is accompanied by two scriveners, Nippers and Turkey, to copy different legal documents by hand, but an increase in workload leads him to advertise for a third.
He decides to hire the forlorn-looking Bartleby hoping that his calmness will also soothe the other two, each of whom exhibits an irritable temperament during an opposite half of the day.
At first, Bartley did tremendous hard work for a few days but suddenly one day he refused to perform a task by saying “I would prefer not to.” Which becomes his response to refuse every request. The narrator and other staff were shocked at such an attitude.
Now, Bartleby started to perform only a few tasks and later on, bluntly refused to do perform any task and spent most of the time in the office staring out of the office’s windows at a brick wall.
The narrator makes several attempts to reason with Bartely to figure out the reason behind his mysterious behavior but never got success. Later, things start to become more complex as the story progresses.
Download Bartleby the Scrivener Pdf
Get the Pdf book of this popular short story by Herman Melville, which tells the story of a Scrivener, Bartleby, who after some days of hard work in the office suddenly started to refuse any task.
The narrator and the story’s text do not clearly explain the exact reason behind Bartleby’s strange behavior, leaving it open to interpretation.
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|Number Of Pages:||30 Pages|
|Pdf File Size:||200 Kb|