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Bartleby
Member since Dec-09-03 · Last seen Mar-21-11
"Bartleby! quick, I am waiting."

I heard a low scrape of his chair legs on the unscraped floor, and soon he appeared standing at the entrance of his hermitage.

"What is wanted?" said he mildly.

"The copies, the copies," said I hurriedly. "We are going to examine them. There"--and I held towards him the fourth quadruplicate.

"I would prefer not to," he said, and gently disappeared behind the screen.

For a few moments I was turned into a pillar of salt, standing at the head of my seated column of clerks. Recovering myself, I advanced towards the screen, and demanded the reason for such extraordinary conduct.

"Why do you refuse?"

"I would prefer not to."

With any other man I should have flown outright into a dreadful passion, scorned all further words, and thrust him ignominiously from my presence. But there was something about Bartleby that not only strangely disarmed me, but in a wonderful manner touched and disconcerted me. I began to reason with him.

"These are your own copies we are about to examine. It is labor saving to you, because one examination will answer for your four papers. It is common usage. Every copyist is bound to help examine his copy. Is it not so? Will you not speak? Answer!"

"I prefer not to," he replied in a flute-like tone. It seemed to me that while I had been addressing him, he carefully revolved every statement that I made; fully comprehended the meaning; could not gainsay the irresistible conclusion; but, at the same time, some paramount consideration prevailed with him to reply as he did.

***

Strangely huddled at the base of the wall, his knees drawn up, and lying on his side, his head touching the cold stones, I saw the wasted Bartleby. But nothing stirred. I paused; then went close up to him; stooped over, and saw that his dim eyes were open; otherwise he seemed profoundly sleeping. Something prompted me to touch him. I felt his hand, when a tingling shiver ran up my arm and down my spine to my feet.

The round face of the grub-man peered upon me now. "His dinner is ready. Won't he dine to-day, either? Or does he live without dining?"

"Lives without dining," said I, and closed the eyes.

"Eh!--He's asleep, aint he?"

"With kings and counsellors," murmured I.

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   Bartleby has kibitzed 180 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-17-11 E Tate vs A J Goldsby, 2010 (replies)
 
Bartleby: At last, the Tate-Goldsby bout. I don't know if you still have the score to the game, <AJ Goldsby>, but I'm sure chessgames and the rest of us would appreciate the earlier match with Tate you played thirty years ago if you'd care to upload it. If you don't or the game-score ...
 
   Jan-08-11 Emory Tate (replies)
 
Bartleby: <theagenbiteofinwit> I've been waiting for the score of that game as well. I hope that he's already submitted it and chessgames hasn't gotten around to updating their game DB. He probably hasn't though. Who knows. I'd prefer those other games he submitted from minor ...
 
   Dec-31-10 James Mason (replies)
 
Bartleby: James Mason also resembles a mustachioed Shea Wigham, who plays "Eli Thompson", brother of "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi), on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The fact that it has to do with Prohibition-era bootleggers and Irish vice lords in Atlantic City makes the resemblance all the ...
 
   Dec-22-10 Santa Claus (replies)
 
Bartleby: Dear Santa, Please revive the fortunes of the Philidor Countergambit, Sicilian Wing Gambit, and English Bellon Gambit. Chess will be forever indebted to you. Actually, if you give me a premium account, I'll even do the legwork and give you the credit. The sake of chess novelty ...
 
   Dec-22-10 A J Goldsby (replies)
 
Bartleby: Definitely upload the Emory Tate game, please. He's one of my favorite players, and the highest-rated I've ever played OTB under tournament conditions. I'm always interested in his unique opening flourishes and swashbuckling play. I spoke with him in said tournament 7 years ago in ...
 
   Sep-26-09 Efimenko vs Short, 2009 (replies)
 
Bartleby: This opening rarity is the Scotch Gambit, a cousin to the Goring Gambit (4. c3), however, it's an improved concept because black can't immediately play 4. ...d5, as in the Goring proper. It's a fun opening to essay in the double K-pawn open games with good practical value, though ...
 
   Sep-26-09 Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 (replies)
 
Bartleby: Actually, I just learned that whole 56. ...e4 line is total dross. I hallucinated and somehow didn't compute (pun intended) 57. Ra1 (much stronger than Ra2, no blame to an impatient Junior, which had it lit up in its eval panel, but alas I only saw 57. Ra8 in my fallible mind's ...
 
   Jan-24-08 W Napier vs Chigorin, 1902 (replies)
 
Bartleby: From John S. Hilbert's biography, 'Napier: The Forgotten Chessmaster': Of his twentieth round encounter with Chigorin at Monte Carlo, Napier wrote in "Amenities" that "at Monte Carlo in 1902 my opponent on the last day was Chigorin. I decided to celebrate with a gambit, and so gave
 
   Jan-07-08 Teichmann vs Pillsbury, 1895 (replies)
 
Bartleby: <Why not 14. Bf4?> 14. Bf4? is a blunder that runs into 14. ... Qc5+, when white will be forced to give up the exchange after 15. Kh1 Nf2+.
 
   Jan-02-08 E Kungs vs Keres, 1945
 
Bartleby: 've always been a fan of the 3. ... b5!? variation of the Benoni when white opts for 2. Nf3 over 2. c4, which I feel sharpens the opening. White shoving 5. d6?! down Keres' throat isn't the most ambitious way to strive for advantage and it relinquishes a white center pawn. By move ...
 
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