Discuss the character of the young lawyer in "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov.

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In “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov, a young guest at a party given by an older banker enters into a discussion about capital punishment.  The young lawyer believes that any life is better than being executed.  

From the discussion, the host offers the young lawyer a bet.  If the lawyer can remain in solitary confinement for five years, the banker will give him two million dollars.  The lawyer ups the ante to fifteen years in confinement to prove that any life is better than death. 

The oddity here is that the lawyer increases the number of years of the confinement.  Obviously, there is a problem with the young man and his affiliation with humanity.  Why would he increase the number himself? When the lawyer begins the bet, the banker sets him up in his guesthouse. When he wanted them, the lawyer could get food, books,...

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