This is the second time I’ve read this short novella about a supernaturally awkward legal clerk who “would prefer not to” do pretty much anything, who moves into his boss’s office and would prefer not to leave. I still don’t get the moral of the story, if there is one.


I am a man who, from his youth upwards, has been filled with a profound conviction that the easiest way of life is the best. Hence, though I belong to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous, even to turbulence, at times, yet nothing of that sort have I ever suffered to invade my peace.