Herman Melville

Bartleby, the Scrivener / A Story of Wall-Street

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    Either you must do something, or something must be done to you
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    Rid myself of him, I must; go, he shall
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    "What earthly right have you to stay here? Do you pay any rent? Do you pay my taxes? Or is this property yours?"
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    The great point was, not whether I had assumed that he would quit me, but whether he would prefer so to do. He was more a man of preferences than assumptions.
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    "I would prefer not," he replied, with his back still towards me.
    "You must."
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    but his body did not pain him; it was his soul that suffered, and his soul I could not reach.
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    The bond of a common humanity now drew me irresistibly to gloom. A fraternal melancholy! For both I and Bartleby were sons of Adam
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    For I consider that one, for the time, is a sort of unmanned when he tranquilly permits his hired clerk to dictate to him, and order him away from his own premises
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    Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance.
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    You are decided, then, not to comply with my request—a request made according to common usage and common sense?"
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