What role do Turkey, Ginger Nut, and Nippers play in the story of Bartleby's life in "Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street"?

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These individuals, who range in age from 12 to almost 60, are Bartleby's coworkers. The lawyer who hires Bartleby at first hopes this new employee, because of his "singularly sedate" personality, will be a good influence on fellow scriveners Turkey and Nippers. Turkey, the lawyer observes, can have a "flighty"...

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These individuals, who range in age from 12 to almost 60, are Bartleby's coworkers. The lawyer who hires Bartleby at first hopes this new employee, because of his "singularly sedate" personality, will be a good influence on fellow scriveners Turkey and Nippers. Turkey, the lawyer observes, can have a "flighty" temperament, while Nippers is often "fiery."

Later, the unquestioning compliance of Turkey, Nippers, and Ginger Nut in doing their jobs becomes a sharp contrast to Bartleby's refusal to work, a refusal signaled by his habitual statement, "I prefer not to."

When the lawyer asks his other workers their opinion of Bartleby after his refusal to work has become entrenched, they mention that he should be fired and might be "luny." None of this moves Bartleby to respond or change his ways.

All three of these employees represent the normal worker. They may have their quirks, but they all understand they have a job to do and try to do it. Their behavior underscores the oddity of Bartleby's extremely passive attitude.

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One role that Turkey, Ginger Nut, and Nippers play in "Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street" is to present a contrast to Bartleby's characteristics. First, they are industrious and willing to produce usable work, despite their eccentricities and irregularities in behavior. Second, they are successful at establishing an amicable relationship with their employer and finding their way to manage to live and work in the environment society has created, one with no, or at best few, alternatives.

Another role they play is to show the social norms in the post-industrialization capitalist urban work place by highlighting the attitudes of employer and employee. For instance, the employer may criticize the employees' habits of dress and behavior, as the lawyer does, without realizing that an increased wage would give them greater opportunity for making choices about how to live, which would give them less to be criticized about. In addition, with a higher wage and more respect of their independent personalities, the workers may be driven to fewer eccentricities as they try to get through their meager lives the best they can.

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