Bartleby the Scrivener

what effect does the opening paragraph have on its readers?

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The narrator's initial self-characterization is important to the story and the basis of the first paragraph. We immediately learn that he is a "safe" man, one who takes few risks and tries above all to conform. The most pragmatic concerns of financial security and ease of life are his priorities. He has made himself perfectly at home in the modern economy: he works as a lawyer dealing with rich men's legal documents. He is therefore an opposite or complement to Bartleby in many ways. He is also ill suited to be entrusted with the salvation of another.