The United States is like Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener
who, when asked to do anything, replied, 'I prefer not to.
You think fleetingly of Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener
, a 19th-century office drone who resists change with an averring, "I would prefer not to.
The author led class disussions on the "meaning" of meaning in Melville's novella Bartleby the Scrivener
(which I prefer not to explain); on exploring the complexity of Faulkner, which Coetzee as reader and writer continues to observe with wonder and amazement; and on the regional and universal applications of Flannery O'Connor as she exposes the "common defeat" of racism shared by poor whites and poor blacks, as well as many other subjects worthy of lengthy consideration.
Those who aren't up on Bartleby the Scrivener
and the work of Henry James may find themselves lost.
The stereotype of the accountant - a Bartleby the Scrivener
type bent over ledgers in a sea of steel gray desks - still exists in the minds of many in education and business.