A regular employer of law-copyists over a thirty-year period, the elderly and conservative narrator, who remains unnamed, reports on a singular young man who once worked as a scrivener in his law office, which specializes in legal paperwork, notably bonds, mortgages, and title-deeds. Located on Wall Street and serving as Master in Chancery, the speaker occupies a second floor office that looks out on two walls — one white and the other grimy black. Employing two copyists and an office boy, the lawyer finds his business grown to the point of needing an additional copyist. Upon hiring Bartleby, the narrator retains him on his side of a glass folding door, which separates him from the three other employees. Bartleby's nook overlooks a blank wall three feet from the window. Throughout this story, the limited first-person point of view of the narrator reveals more of his own
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