Study Guide

Nippers in Bartleby the Scrivener

By Herman Melville


Like his coworker, Turkey, Nippers is also useless for half of the day. We'd be putting it lightly to just say he's not a morning person – he's barely a person at all in the morning. He spends the pre-noon hours nervously and irritably tormenting himself and others, and in general, he's full of discontent. Part of Nippers's irritation at the world seems to stem from his ambitious nature; he's bitter about having to work for someone else, and he even takes on sketchy "clients" of his own at times. We're not quite sure what Nippers is up to, but whatever it is, it's probably not one hundred percent aboveboard.

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