In Manhattan, an elderly lawyer’s business is growing. Having
two scriveners in his employ, the lawyer advertises for a third to meet demand.
Enter Bartleby, a glum albeit quality scrivener. However, the lawyer quickly
discovers that something is off with his new employee. When asked to perform
any duties outside of copywriting, Bartleby responds with a canned “I would
prefer not to.” Soon Bartleby is living at the office and performing less and
less at work. Finally fed up with his strange new scrivener, the lawyer asks
Bartleby to leave, only to find himself on the receiving end of yet another “I
would prefer not to.”
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