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What examples of irony are there in "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov?

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Clearly one central piece of situational irony is the fact that the lawyer decides to lose the bet and forsake his wealth, even though he is literally moments away from winning and he has lived almost the entire time in solitude, according to the bet. This is the premise that this short story is based around - the lawyer through his time of solitude has obviously learned far more about the world and life than the other characters in the novel. Consider what he writes in his letter:

"You may be proud, wise, and fine, but death will wipe you off the face of the earth as though you were no more than mice burrowing under the floor, and your posterity, your history, your immortal geniuses will burn or...

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