The Bet Questions and Answers

The Bet

The impulsive lawyer is sequestered in the banker's lodge where he can have virtually anything he desires except human companionship. After arguing against the banker that life imprisonment is not...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016, 10:26 am (UTC)

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There are two equally important conflicts in this story. The first conflict is man vs. man as the banker and the lawyer become engrossed in a discussion about capital punishment at a party. This...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021, 11:33 am (UTC)

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"The Bet" takes place in nineteenth century Tsarist Russia. (As this story was originally published in 1889, this makes the story's setting contemporaneous to the era in which it was written.)...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2020, 9:08 pm (UTC)

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In the time between when the wager is made and when it ends, circumstances for the banker have turned for the worst. He has lost most of his fortune, and, as the deadline approaches, he realizes...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020, 3:04 am (UTC)

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The moral of Anton Chekhov's short story "The Bet" might be summed up in the famous lines of a poem by Richard Lovelace, "To Althea, from Prison," in which the poet says: Stone Walls do not a...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2021, 10:44 am (UTC)

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In the end of the story, "The Bet," the lawyer despairs of life, and he reneges on the wager with banker. In their bet about which is crueler, live-long imprisonment or capital punishment, the...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016, 8:24 am (UTC)

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Anton Chekhov's "The Bet" focuses on a conflict between a banker and a young lawyer who enter into a disagreement at a party hosted by the banker. While the banker believes that capital punishment...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2017, 11:58 pm (UTC)

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The story has four characters: a party guest, a watchman, a lawyer, and a banker. The lawyer and the banker are the two main characters. At a party, the guests are discussing which is worse: the...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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Whether or not the experiment of the lawyer and the banker has proven that capital punishment is less cruel than life imprisonment is debatable even at the end of the narrative of "The Bet." It...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016, 6:54 pm (UTC)

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In Chekhov's "The Bet," the banker and the lawyer both learn the futility of their wager, as they have found that life and its conditions differ greatly from their more youthful perceptions. The...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016, 4:33 am (UTC)

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The prisoner, a young lawyer, spent the final two years of confinement reading. He read books on topics such as philosophy, religion, science, literature, and medicine. The banker recounts that the...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2011, 10:09 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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The terms of the bet are that the lawyer must live in isolation for fifteen years. At the end of that time, if he fulfills his bet of having no human contact for this period, the banker will pay...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016, 6:09 pm (UTC)

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In Anton Chekhov's "The Bet," the banker contends that capital punishment is more humane than life imprisonment. But, most of the guests at his party disagree. Among the banker's guests are...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2016, 3:06 am (UTC)

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Chekhov had to justify the bet itself. It seems like an implausible bet that any man would undertake to spend fifteen years in solitary confinement. But Chekhov had the idea and he must have liked...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2015, 11:51 pm (UTC)

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It was a lucky thing that the prisoner decided not to claim the two million rubles, because the banker slipped into his room with the intention of murderiing him. The banker's conduct was proof of...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2013, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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"The Bet" is such an interesting story that presents itself as being mostly about old vs. young and capital punishment vs. life imprisonment. The two main characters of the lawyer and the banker...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2015, 10:02 am (UTC)

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The Bet

“The Bet” by Anton Chekhov begins with a discussion about the death penalty. A banker gives a party in which this topic creates dissension among the men. A young lawyer takes a bet with the...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2013, 1:17 am (UTC)

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Anton Chekhov published "The Bet" in 1889, and the short story follows Russian society in that same era. It is a largely bourgeois picture of society under the tsars, focusing on the wealthy and...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2021, 8:25 pm (UTC)

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On the face of it, the banker wins the bet, because the lawyer leaves his cell five minutes before midnight—the time of his release—thereby violating the terms of the bet. In doing so, the lawyer...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2018, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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I've always thought that the banker and the lawyer are a lot alike in many ways. I think they are both opinionated, brash, impetuous, strong willed, and intelligent. If they weren't any of those...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018, 1:31 pm (UTC)

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“With millions beyond his reckoning” the banker is a “spoilt and frivolous” man. A dissolute person, he fritters away his money gambling and partying. In one of his lavish parties, the banker gets...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015, 5:04 am (UTC)

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The old banker recalls the conversation that took place at his party some fifteen years before the story begins. Party-goers discussed whether or not the capital punishment, meaning the death...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019, 7:43 pm (UTC)

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The lawyer writes this letter on the night before he is due to win the bet and win back his freedom. According to the lawyer, before he is free to enjoy his life again, there are a couple of points...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2018, 8:46 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the story, the young lawyer is bold, daring, determined and impulsive. Towards the end, he is a completely changed person. He has grown into a self-contented and calm middle...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2015, 6:59 pm (UTC)

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“The Bet” by Anton Chekhov provides an interesting situation. The story begins with a party. The men in attendance are discussing capital punishment versus life imprisonment. The author describes...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2013, 6:05 am (UTC)

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The banker and lawyer make the bet for the same reason that most people make a bet. They each believe that their opinion is right and best, and they are willing to risk something to prove it....

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016, 12:49 am (UTC)

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In Anton Chekhov's "The Bet," the exposition is the first paragraph, a frame, that sets the background for the conflict, which is suggested at the end of the paragraph and introduced in a flashback...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2010, 1:06 pm (UTC)

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In "The Bet," both the lawyer and the banker experience a realization at the end of the story. The lawyer realizes life is empty and meaningless because all pursuits and interests are "illusory"...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2016, 7:08 pm (UTC)

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Towards the end of "The Bet," the banker sneaks into the lawyer's room. The lawyer is at this point only a few hours away from winning a very large sum of money from the banker. The banker can no...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021, 11:36 am (UTC)

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The banker experiences a whole range of emotions after reading the letter his prisoner is leaving for him in which he relinquishes the two million rubles which would be his if he remained in...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015, 9:39 pm (UTC)

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You could really come up with multiple endings that make sense, so I recommend choosing the ending that you likely initially hoped for. My ending of choice is the ending I wish the story had ended...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2016, 12:58 pm (UTC)

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The banker regards the bet as "cursed" because it seems to have brought him nothing but bad luck. Since making the bet with the young lawyer, the banker's fortunes have taken a serious turn for the...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2018, 7:47 am (UTC)

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This is perhaps the hardest question to try to answer about Chekhov's story. The bet between these two men seems preposterous. The lawyer at least has something to gain if he can tolerate solitary...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2015, 8:04 pm (UTC)

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"My dear Jailer, I write you these lines in six languages. Show them to people who know the languages. Let them read them. If they find not one mistake I implore you to fire a shot in the garden....

Latest answer posted September 2, 2012, 6:25 am (UTC)

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Evidently the lawyer's only activities after the first year of confinement were reading and thinking. His reading during the first year suggests that he was only using books as a way of killing...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016, 2:46 pm (UTC)

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This is an interesting question. There are several ways of looking at the outcome. It might be said that neither of the men actually won or lost the bet, because the lawyer didn't collect the two...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2013, 11:40 pm (UTC)

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In "The Bet," the lawyer and the banker argue over the issue of solitary confinement versus the death penalty. Specifically, the banker believes that the death penalty is a more "humane" way of...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2017, 9:21 am (UTC)

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The impending danger of getting bankrupt by losing two million rubles to the lawyer makes the banker curse himself for his present predicament. The story begins in retrospection when the banker...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016, 5:59 am (UTC)

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The banker is a dynamic character, one who fundamentally changes throughout the course of the story. The narrator tells us that, during the fifteen years in which he has kept the lawyer as a...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019, 6:58 pm (UTC)

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The banker makes a bet with a young lawyer that he can't last fifteen years in solitary confinement. If the lawyer does so, the banker will pay him two million rubles. The lawyer is isolated for...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2021, 11:39 pm (UTC)

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Anton Chekhov came to be known as a very philanthropic person judging by the motives behind his different ventures. He pursued a writing career in order to get his family out of poverty. However,...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2016, 11:46 am (UTC)

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The Bet" is a bizarre story, and one that is unusual for Chekhov. Everything about the story is strange and hard to believe. Would anyone be crazy enough to make a bet like that? Would any rich man...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2012, 11:58 pm (UTC)

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The banker's attitude toward the bet changes as the years wear on, likely transforming from confidence and amusement to doubt, amazement, concern, fear, dread, and finally to desperation.

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019, 6:24 pm (UTC)

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If the lawyer could stay in solitary confinement for fifteen years, the banker would give him two million rubles as prize money. According to the bet, the lawyer would have to spend the fifteen...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016, 6:52 pm (UTC)

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At the end of the story, the banker decides that he will kill the lawyer, now prisoner, with whom he has made the bet. The banker had bet the lawyer that he, the lawyer, could not willingly remain...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2021, 11:30 am (UTC)

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In order to determine the pieces of the story line for any story, you must be able to identify the main conflict. In this story, the conflict is between the lawyer and the banker. It is, the bet...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2011, 12:03 am (UTC)

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The banker states to everyone at the party that he believes the death penalty is more humane and moral than life in prison. "I have not tried either the death penalty or imprisonment for life,...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2018, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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When the lawyer and the banker make the bet, both have enough financial stability to wager two million rubles without a moment's hesitation. They rush into this bet in an effort to validate their...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021, 11:22 am (UTC)

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