In most ways, money is a trifling matter to modern gentlemen. Yet it does provide an accurate means of defining his profession and, by extension, place in society.

Herman Melville's 'Bartleby the Scrivener' was first published in 1853.

For example: A modern gentleman cannot profess to be a scrivener unless he has been paid to scriven, simply enjoying scrivening does not a scrivener make.


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One response to “Professions”

  1. Virginia Pasley says :

    What if he is an independently wealthy gentleman who scrivens professionally out of the goodness of his heart? Also, see:!/BartlebytheS

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