Everything Bartleby says in Herman Melville’s "Bartleby" – THE POLL

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https://biblioklept.org/2020/03/23/everything-bartleby-says-in-herman-melvilles-bartleby/

Poll Results

OptionVotes
“I would prefer to be left alone here,” said Bartleby, as if offended at being mobbed in his privacy. 4
“I would prefer not to,” he said, and gently disappeared behind the screen. 4
“No, I would prefer to be doing something else.” 3
“I would prefer not to.” 2
Upon asking him why he did not write, he said that he had decided upon doing no more writing. 2
“At present I would prefer not to be a little reasonable,” was his mildly cadaverous reply. 2
“I prefer not to,” he replied in a flute-like tone. 2
“I know where I am,” he replied, but would say nothing more, and so I left him. 1
“I would not like it at all; though, as I said before, I am not particular.” 1
“I would prefer not to take a clerkship,” he rejoined, as if to settle that little item at once. 1
“There is too much confinement about that. No, I would not like a clerkship; but I am not particular.” 1
“No; I would prefer not to make any change.” 1
“I would prefer not to quit you,” he replied, gently emphasizing the not. 1
“I have given up copying,” he answered, and slid aside. 1
“No more.” 1
“What is wanted?” 1
“At present I prefer to give no answer,” he said, and retired into his hermitage. 1
“I would prefer not to.” 1
“I would prefer not to,” said he. 0
“I know you,” he said, without looking round,—”and I want nothing to say to you.” 0
“Not at all. It does not strike me that there is any thing definite about that. I like to be stationary. But I am not p 0
“I would prefer not to.” 0
“I prefer not.” 0
“I prefer not to,” he respectfully and slowly said, and mildly disappeared. 0
“I would prefer not to.” 0
“Sitting upon the banister,” he mildly replied. 0
“I would prefer not to.” 0
“Not yet; I am occupied.” 0
“I would prefer not,” he replied, with his back still towards me. 0
“Do you not see the reason for yourself,” he indifferently replied. 0
“I would prefer not to.” 0
“I would prefer not to.” 0


coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 23 March 2020 16:21 (two weeks ago) link

'There is too much confinement about that' is the obvious zeitgeist-y pick.

coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 23 March 2020 16:21 (two weeks ago) link

went for “no more”.

Fizzles, Monday, 23 March 2020 17:07 (two weeks ago) link

Upon asking him why he did not write, he said that he had decided upon doing no more writing.

hitting close to home these days

rob, Monday, 23 March 2020 17:09 (two weeks ago) link

“No, I would prefer to be doing something else.”

You and me both, mate.

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Monday, 23 March 2020 17:23 (two weeks ago) link

Good timing btw, I read this a couple of weeks ago.

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Monday, 23 March 2020 17:24 (two weeks ago) link

I would prefer not to.

cajunsunday, Monday, 23 March 2020 17:49 (two weeks ago) link

Which one tho.

coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 23 March 2020 17:50 (two weeks ago) link

seem to remember reading this in a high school lit class around the same time as Ethan Frome

EF is miserable and punishing, Bartleby was like anti-establishment catharsis in comparison

absolute idiot liar uneducated person (mh), Monday, 23 March 2020 18:09 (two weeks ago) link

There’s a new bookstore in the South Street Seaport which I loved going to until recently which has a picture of Herman Melville on the wall and I always think of Bartleby when I go in there.

Robbie Shakespeare’s Sister Lovers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 March 2020 18:12 (two weeks ago) link

xxpost.

I would prefer not to say.

cajunsunday, Monday, 23 March 2020 18:13 (two weeks ago) link

Kept meaning to ask them to put up a picture of Jean-Pierre Melville as well.

Robbie Shakespeare’s Sister Lovers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 March 2020 18:13 (two weeks ago) link

i like this poll

pom have you read the vila-matas book ?

budo jeru, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 05:58 (two weeks ago) link

i prefer not to vote btw

budo jeru, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 05:58 (two weeks ago) link

I'm going for "What is wanted?", which, isolated from its context, is otm.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 08:36 (two weeks ago) link

i like this poll

pom have you read the vila-matas book ?

That book is great

Robbie Shakespeare’s Sister Lovers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 10:31 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

pom have you read the vila-matas book ?

Not yet, but I've meaning to. It's been languishing on my reading list for years now, partly because I keep clinging to the fantasy that someday I'll use it to brush up on my feeble Spanish instead of resorting to a translation, which is what's bound to happen anyway.

coco vide (pomenitul), Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:08 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 27 March 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

'“Do you not see the reason for yourself,” he indifferently replied' = underrated imho.

coco vide (pomenitul), Friday, 27 March 2020 00:02 (two weeks ago) link

that one has been worming away round my head with an odd insistence such that i feel i might be compelled to try it out at work this week. (on a video call i shd stress)

Fizzles, Monday, 30 March 2020 08:28 (one week ago) link

i have given up copying and pasting

j., Monday, 30 March 2020 14:20 (one week ago) link

how does one speak in a flute-like tone?

andrew m., Monday, 30 March 2020 19:07 (one week ago) link

Here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgufAvkTB1s

coco vide (pomenitul), Monday, 30 March 2020 19:09 (one week ago) link

very ephemeral airy pronunciation imo

like exhaling while enunciating but not forcing air with specific words

mh, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:10 (one week ago) link


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