I need a simple summary version of "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov. 

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Imagine staying in one room and talking to no one for fifteen years. That was “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov. The story hinges on a party that was given by a banker and the ensuing discussion.  Written in the latter part of the nineteen century, the details of the discussion concern topics which have not been settled today.

The story begins with the banker looking back at the last fifteen years.  He was afraid that he would be bankrupted by having to pay off his debt to the man who had stayed confined for fifteen years.  The banker even considers killing the man.

The banker recalls how the bet began with the party. A discussion began about capital punishment.  The banker felt that capital punishment would be better than life imprisonment.  To the banker, it would torturous to stay confined for the rest of a person’s life.  The debate continued. 

Finally, a young lawyer was asked his opinion.  At least, a person would still be alive:

‘The death sentence and the life sentence are equally immoral, but if I had to choose between the death penalty and imprisonment for life, I would certainly choose the second. To live anyhow is better than not at all.’

The banker foolishly makes a bet with the lawyer, who is only twenty-five.  If the he will stay confined for five years, the banker will give him two million dollars. With less thought than the banker, the lawyer said that he would take the bet and stay confined for fifteen years.

The agreement was made that the lawyer was to stay on the property of the banker.  He would be provided with everything that he needed with the exception of visitors.   

1st year- The man suffered from depression and loneliness.  He...

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there is a lawyer and a banker, they argue which is easier or more tolerable, "Capital Punishment" which is death, and execution. or Life imprisonment, which is to stay alive but in prison. the banker says that Capital punishment is better and the lawyer says the opposite thus they agree on a bet that if the lawyer can stay in "prison" for 15 years without communicating with anyone the banker will give him 2 Million Dollars. and the lawyer accepts it, the banker sets a special place for the lawyer where he cannot communicate with anyone, can't see sun light and can't go out... and the lawyer during that time learns 6 languages and gains lots of knowledge and becomes really educated and all. and 5 minutes before the bet ends the laywer gets out because he believes he has gained knowledge and because the banker attempted to kill him a night earlier thus the lawyer lost the bet but won himself while the banker won the bet and kept his fortune but lost himself and ironicly was about to commit murder! the lawyer eventually admits that they both equal death but while execution is fast and ends quiqly, life in prison is a slow death.


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