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The climax of "The Bet" is reached when the banker reads the letter in which the lawyer renounces the two million roubles he was entitled to receive for spending fifteen years in solitary confinement. The banker is humiliated because he was seriously planning to murder his prisoner in order to get out of paying the money. Then, true to his word, the lawyer disappears. There are witnesses to prove that he escaped voluntarily, and the banker keeps the letter locked in his fireproof safe as evidence that he was not responsible for the lawyer's disappearance. 

Next morning the watchmen ran in with pale faces, and told him they had seen...

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