What happens to the lawyer at the end of the story "The Bet"?
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 banker and the lawyer wager their futures. The young lawyer argues that life on any terms is better than death. In his hubris, the lawyer raises the bet that he can stay in isolation from five years to fifteen.
And, so, the banker, who reminds his young foe that "voluntary confinement is a great deal harder to bear than compulsory," arranges for the lawyer to dwell in a small lodging in the his garden. The prisoner is allowed a musical instrument, and he is permitted to write letters and smoke and drink wine.
The first year the lawyer is very lonely. In the second year, his piano remains untouched, and he stops reading. He writes copious...
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