The lawyer - The lawyer's decision to stop badgering...

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Unformatted text preview: The lawyer's decision to stop badgering Bartleby remains in force only until other professional men perceive the untenable office situation, in which Bartleby refuses to perform his duties. A rumor circulates about the "strange creature" in the lawyer's office. Choosing to avoid direct confrontation, the lawyer sends for movers, ostensibly to reestablish his chambers nearer City Hall, but in reality so that he can rid himself of Bartleby. With a verbal blessing to Bartleby and an unspecific monetary enticement, the lawyer takes new quarters. Several days later, the new occupant of the lawyer's former offices tells him that he must do something about Bartleby, for whom he, as former tenant, is responsible. The lawyer disclaims any connection with Bartleby. The next day, more complainants goad the lawyer to stop Bartleby from haunting the building, sitting on the banisters, and sleeping in the doorway. The presence of so haunting the building, sitting on the banisters, and sleeping in the doorway....
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