When must Henry meet the two gentlemen again?

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The two gentlemen in the story decide to give to a stranger a bank-note for the value of one million pounds, and they have a bet between themselves as to what will become of that stranger. One of the gentlemen bets that the man, who turns out to be Henry,...

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The two gentlemen in the story decide to give to a stranger a bank-note for the value of one million pounds, and they have a bet between themselves as to what will become of that stranger. One of the gentlemen bets that the man, who turns out to be Henry, will "starve to death," and the other gentleman bets that he won't. They agree to give the note to Henry for thirty days, so as to give their bet enough time to play itself out.

The two gentlemen give Henry an envelope, containing the million-pound bank-note, and tell him not to open it until he returns to his lodgings. Later, when he opens the envelope and discovers the million-pound bank-note, he tries to return it to the two gentlemen, convinced that he has been "made the butt of . . . some kind of practical joke." However, he learns that the gentlemen have gone "To the Continent" and won't be back for a month. He then opens a letter, written by the same gentlemen, which confirms that he is to meet them again in one month's time.

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