What was the symbol in the short story "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov? 

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It could also be argued that the lawyer's books are another symbol in the story. When the lawyer first begins his solitary confinement, books are his only source of entertainment, as demonstrated by the fact that he requests books of a "light character." These books also represent the lawyer's only link to the outside world because he is not allowed any visitors or contact with anyone except the banker (to request supplies).

As the story progresses, the symbolism of the books changes. Instead of being a source of entertainment and interest, the books become symbolic of the lawyer's lived experience. As we see in his letter to the banker, the lawyer begins to confuse the books with his own experiences. He says...

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