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In the short story "The Bet," what lessons do the banker and the lawyer learn?  

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yomama123 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 23, 2009 at 5:51 AM via web

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In the short story "The Bet," what lessons do the banker and the lawyer learn?


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sara-e | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 24, 2011 at 11:38 PM (Answer #1)

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The Lawyer has learned that, "Being alive is not a sign that one is living"

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 23, 2009 at 7:03 AM (Answer #2)

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During his 15 year confinement the lawyer learns that money, material possessions have no long term value.  He had decided to forfeit the money and leave confinement 5 minutes before his time was up.  He has come to appreciate the real valuable aspects of life.  In escaping his confinement, he actually saves his life, since the banker has planned to kill him so as not to pay the money he can no longer afford.

The banker having gone into debt over the years seems to have become a slave to money.  He was willing to commit murder to save himself from having to pay the money.  The banker has lost his connection with humanity over the course of the bet, now only placing value on money.

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usagolsem | College Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM (Answer #3)

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The lawyer learned that wine, gambling, money and betting turn out nothing these are merely materialistic not permanent and can not make a good morality. The banker learned that pride, money ang gambling make a man an immoral person to be regretted soon enough. Nothing earthly can last long except the real soul that is sinless eternally.

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