How many times did Bartleby utter the same words, “I would prefer not to”? And how did the author and his clerks come to be influenced by the repetitions of the same expression?
Answer: Bartleby the Scrivener repeated the statement “I would prefer not to” many times in the story. Throughout the story, whenever he was asked to do something, he uttered the words— “I would prefer not to”. This statement influenced the author and his copyists in a mysterious way. This statement foreshadows Bartleby’s previous stay at […]