At the end of the six

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At the end of the six-day period, Bartleby has made no move to supply himself with a new job or  lodgings. The lawyer therefore thrusts on him twelve dollars in back wages plus a twenty-dollar gift,  then makes a parting speech and withdraws. The next day, Bartleby is still there; the lawyer, pressed  to explain the man's behavior, tries to force him into debate on the issue, but receives only silence in  response. Pushed to the edge of violence, the lawyer recalls a biblical injunction to love other  people. Wrestling with the urge to strike out in anger, the lawyer leaves the office without addressing Bartleby  further. After doing some preliminary reading on willful behavior and necessity, the lawyer comes to  think of Bartleby as a burden imposed by God. He concludes that he will allow Bartleby to stay on  without challenge. Melville utilizes details to reveal the narrator's preoccupation with his dilemma. Congratulating 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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