The story we must feel tenderness and compassion for

The narrator is a prudent and methodical lawyer, who never
reveals his name, possessor of a legal office that requires the help of four
scribes and copyists. His business describes him as a model of routine
operations and for the storyteller owner there do not seem to be any challenges
or problems to fulfill his activity. The discreet and paternal personality of
this narrator deserves bewilderment, as his behavior is quite erratic; it’s
even a very suitable pair for the maddening Bartleby. Praisefully, Deleuze
treats him as the prophet who is the only one able to glimpse the original
(virginal, almost celestial) trait of the scribe, at the same time, who is a
traitor with guilt for his inability to overcome the challenge received.

The characterization offers a special difficulty,
because the text offers a story about someone who does not know enough and also
there is nothing relevant to do. The lawyer narrator meets the clerk for a job
offer and accepts it without asking anything important; then it does not make
references to its origin and background.
Then he draws a writer without trajectory or ambitions,  food, impervious to the passions and
amusements, without love or nostalgia, staring behind the window, without going
out into the street, or pretending to gain advantages, without projects or
grudges, without family or friends … it is the succession of negations about
his being, an angelic antihero. In the beginning he is an exemplary employee,
too hard working but silent and with an
air of perpetual sadness, reserved and not at all conflictive until the
mechanism of conflict in the narrative is unleashed and his conversion into a
protagonist of inaction.

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In this story we must feel tenderness and compassion
for the scribe; his maladaptive acts are explained by a disease of the spirit,
but a childish air that invites protection appears. This character is made in a
period before the use of mental illness for an easy explanation. On this
hypothesis of the behavior of “poor Bartleby” the story is very consistent,
but allows the reader to accompany the narrator in his constant bewilderment in
front of a simple refusal that repeats without stopping: “I would prefer
not to do it”. From the point of view of the inactive subject, inaction is
a kind of imprisonment of the being; From the external point of the person who
receives continuous negatives, there is a complementary obsession with so many
“not” well demarcated, although soft