In "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov, what is the lawyer's attitude at the end?     

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The lawyer enters this bet as a young man, debating capital punishment and life imprisonment at a party. (It might be worth noting that this topic isn't one most party-goers would find a light topic of conversation.) The lawyer interjects his opinion:

Capital punishment and life-imprisonment are equally immoral; but if I were offered the choice between them, I would certainly choose the second. It's better to live somehow than not to live at all.

Thus ensues a lively conversation. Finally, the banker tells him that he'd wager $2 million that the lawyer could not stay in complete isolation for even five years. Full of ego, the lawyer raises the terms:

"If you mean it seriously," replied the lawyer, "then I bet I'll stay not five but fifteen."

When looking at stories involving money, especially ones in which the plot hinges on money, it's important to consider how much that same quantity would be worth today. $2 million in the late 1800s would have approximately $50 million of buying power...

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