I really have to disagree with you about Bartelby's being
nonviolent. He doesn't hit anybody, but he does display a
passive-aggressive form of violence.
One thing to keep in mind is the very specific idea of
"nonviolence" which is not the same as "unviolence" or pacifism.
Nonviolence is part of a political idea about how to achieve
something without using directly violent means. For example,
sit-ins were used by Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil-rights
campaigners during the civil rights struggle in America in the
So, while the actions may provoke violence, they are still part
of the nonviolence movement. Wikipedia has a great definition with
good examples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolence