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In Anton Chekhov's short story "The Bet," how has the banker's situation changed at the end of the fifteen years?

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The banker's financial situation has changed drastically in the fifteen years since he first made the extravagant bet with the lawyer. His wealth was secure at the time of his wager, but now that the bet is almost over, he stands to become bankrupt if he must pay the two million.

Now old, the banker reflects upon the "wild, senseless bet" that has cost the young lawyer fifteen years. "On my part, it was the caprice of a pampered man, and on his part, simple greed for money," he thinks to himself. Worried about his possible ruin, the banker considers murdering the lawyer and letting the watchman be blamed so that he can save himself from bankruptcy. As it turns out, however, the lawyer walks out of his cell five minutes before his sentence ends.

What no one else knows, though, is that before the end of the bet, the banker went to the lodge where the prisoner had been confined. When he entered, he found a sleeping man, unrecognizable as the lawyer because he had aged well past what a man...

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