The emphatic "indeed" conveys the lawyer's surprise at Bartleby's mildness having been the force that moved him to obey the scrivener's wishes, making a dear distinction between his subjectivity at the time and his position now at the telling.
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 lawyer does not want Bartleby to leave, but the scrivener's inscrutability frustrates his efforts to keep him in his company.
As rumors begin to spread, the lawyer, who had acquiesced in the previous confrontation, and admittedly taken comfort in the scrivener's presence on the other side of the screen, tries once more to rid himself of his "millstone" (21).
The following day, upon finding the scrivener still residing in his office, the lawyer keeps his word and moves.
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Could a woman in early modem Portugal be known as a tradeswoman in her own right despite her local scrivener? That some women were recognized as bona fide holders of trades was shown in the documents examined here, and in legislation compiled in the reign of D.
Whose voice was recorded when the scrivener sat down to write?