What do the narrator's other employees reveal about the narrator's personality in "Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street"?

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The lawyer's legal clerks, Nippers, Turkey, and young Ginger Nut, confirm his report of himself in the opening paragraphs of Melville's story "Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street," proving him to be one who avoids conflict and controversy, who goes quietly along tending to his business without and great ambition or anxiety, and one who seldom engages in anger or indignation over rights and wrongs. He goes his way and contentedly permits others to go their way.

This is precisely what Turkey, Nippers, and Ginger Nut do: they go their own ways. The are observed by the lawyer and he makes comment to himself but he doesn't judge and, what's more, he doesn't intrude even when their peculiar ways cause him some considerable inconvenience, such as blotchy writing on documents. They also help to reveal that the lawyer is a tolerant man who sees his duty to his employees as one of benevolent care-taker as well as employer, which sets a believable tone and situation for the entrance of Bartleby and his eventual preference not to....

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