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There are many ways a person can translate "Bartleby the Scrivener". I believe during the story the narrator (the Lawyer) would be the more sympathetic character. The attorney, although an active part of society, alienates himself by forming partitions from his own selfish and materialistic character. The lawyer claims, "All who know me consider me an eminently safe man" (Melville 131). The narrator is a really methodical and sensible man and has learned patience by operating with others, for example Turkey, Ginger Nut, and Nippers. On the other hand, the attorney's continuous concern with his very own self-approval cheapens his own benevolence toward Bartleby. In fact, the attorney is not able to find the dire plight of Bartleby because of his unwavering concern of exactly what the scrivener can do for the lawyer's self-approval rather than what he can do for Bartleby. In this way, the lawyer's "wall" is really a sort of safety net due to his own ego. He fails to let Bartleby's irrationality to change him since he doesn't feel that this type of thing exists or issues. His materialistic sense does not admit Bartleby's mental p.. .