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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" 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...

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