Having avoided the potential ramifications of the lawyer being unmanned, Borges must also edge out the desire that saturates the dealings between the lawyer and Bartleby, such as when as the narrator pleads that the scrivener either return to work or leave the office:
The Spanish forecloses these questions of desire by making the issue of leaving or staying not between Bartleby and the lawyer, bur between the scrivener and the entire law office staff:
The following day, upon finding the scrivener still residing in his office, the lawyer keeps his word and moves.
The Rhetoric of the Office in Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener.
The "fraternal melancholy" the lawyer and scrivener shared as "sons of Adam," expelled from Eden for their sinful nature, may be the mutual recognition of the impossibility of their desire.
It is also not clear why, occasionally, the scrivener found it necessary to record the family connections for some men while not so at other times.
Such a custom was uncovered in Ponte de Lima where, unlike the situation in Aveiro, the scrivener registered retail licences for individuals of both sexes generally independently of family ties, with their full names written down.
Whose voice was recorded when the scrivener sat down to write?