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Herman Melville - Bartleby and other stories

(unabridged)

read by William Roberts

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Bartleby the Scrivener

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I am a rather elderly man

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Some time prior to the period at which this little history begins...

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There are many singular coincidences I have known...

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‘With submission, sir,’ said Turkey...

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Among the manifestations of his diseased ambition...

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Though concerning the self-indulgent habits of Turkey...

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Now my original business – that of conveyancer...

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At first Bartleby did an extraordinary quantity of writing...

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A few days after this, Bartleby concluded...

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It is not seldom the case that when a man is browbeaten...

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Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance…

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‘Bartleby’, said I, ‘Ginger Nut is away...’

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As days passed on, I became considerably reconciled...

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Now, the utterly unsurmised appearance of Bartleby...

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For the first time in my life a feeling of overpowering...

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Revolving all these things, and coupling them...

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It was rather weak in me I confess...

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As he opened the folding-door to retire...

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At length, necessities connected with my business...

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As I had intended, I was rather earlier than usual...

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‘Will you, or will you not, quit me?’

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I endeavored also immediately to occupy myself...

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‘Ere revolving any complicated project, however...

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On the appointed day I engaged carts and men...

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‘I am very sorry, sir’ said I...

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‘Now one of two things must take place.’

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I answered nothing...

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Being under no disgraceful charge...

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‘How’s this?’ said the grub-man...

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There would seem little need for proceeding further in this history...

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The Lightning-Rod Man

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What grand irregular thunder, thought I...

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‘Sir,’ said I, bowing politely...

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‘I am a dealer in lightning-rods’, said the stranger...

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’Crash! Only three pulses...’

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There was now a little cessation of the storm...

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‘Tall men in a thunder storm I avoid...’

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The Bell-Tower

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In the south of Europe...

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At length the holiday of the tower came...

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His felony remitted by the judge...

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But, being questioned...

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His still, Vulcanic face hiding its burning brightness...

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‘Hark! Is that – a footfall above?’

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Slowly, the day drew on...

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From the mystery unavoidably investing it...

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He still bent his efforts...

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It was thought that on the day preceding the fatality...

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But as the pall-bearers entered the cathedral porch...

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