8 Matching Annotations
  1. Feb 2019
  2. Oct 2018
    1. [14] With kings and counsellers of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;

      "Eh! -He's asleep, aint he?" "With kings and counselors," murmured I [the Lawyer] (614)

    2. [15] Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

      Dan Vogel: Bartleby / Job / America The Midwest Quarterly; Pittsburg Vol. 35, Iss. 2, (Winter 1994): 151.: 151.)

      "Bartleby is a picture of the new typology: "motionless [the Lawyer/Narrator describes him] ... pitiably re-spectable, incurably forlorn" (549)-like Job on his dungheap enduring the rigors and loneliness of alienation. It was not the patience of Job that impressed Melville; it was his perseverance. Significantly, in 1849, Melville had marked Job 13.15 in his new copy of the Bible, and underscored the last clause in it: ''Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him" (Leyda, I: 369). This ancient non-hero's heroism lay in his persistent refusal to accept the appeal to conventional compromises with bitter reality that are spouted by his four friends.

  3. May 2015
    1. undetermined momentousness

      Such an ambivalent phrase. The narrator seems to be claiming that this is a "moment" unparalleled in its significance. Yet this significance is "undetermined"; it remains unclear exactly how the moment is significant.

  4. Oct 2013
    1. You could pretty plainly tell how long each one had been ashore

      oh, what a beautiful line.