Bartleby the Scrivener

what role does the sentence play in developing the central idea

"One morning at home in New York I sleepily looked at the contents of the cup in my hand and wondered "where does this come from ?" Paragraph 3

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I'm not sure here. Alienation and loneliness are maor themes of this story. You can consider that, for much of the story, the narrator wonders where Bartleby comes from: Bartleby is truly an enigma.