When was the bet made? this is a question about a book called the bet by Anton Chekov

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If you are asking when Chekhov wrote the story, the answer is that he wrote it in 1899.

If you are asking when in the story the bet is made between the banker and the lawyer, the answer is that it was made 15 years before the "present."  15 years before the story starts, there had been a dinner party at the banker's home.  Because of a conversation that people were having, the banker ended up betting the lawyer that the lawyer could not live 15 years separated from all human contact.

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