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In "The Bet," what were the terms of the bet?make it as crisp as possible

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Posted July 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM via web

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In "The Bet," what were the terms of the bet?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted July 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM (Answer #1)

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There was a party. Guests at the party discussed capital punishment. A banker argued with a lawyer. The banker argued that capital punishment was more humane than life imprisonment. The lawyer argued that he would choose life imprisonment. The banker and the lawyer debated. The debate became more heated. The two began to argue.

Finally, the banker struck up a bet with the lawyer. The banker bet two million rubles that the lawyer could not stay imprisoned for fifteen years. The lawyer insisted that he could stay imprisoned for fifteen years. The lawyer accepted the banker's challenge. They agreed that the banker would pay the lawyer two million rubles at the end of the lawyer's imprisonment.

In the end, the lawyer walked away from the bet without taking the banker's money. During his imprisonment, he changed. He learned what the meaning of life is. Life is not about money.   

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