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by Anton Chekhov

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Why did the banker and the lawyer make the bet?  

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The banker and lawyer make the bet for the same reason that most people make a bet.  They each believe that their opinion is right and best, and they are willing to risk something to prove it.  

The story starts with the narrator telling the reader that the banker had a friendly little social gathering.  As with any social gathering, people get to talking about topics that can be argued about.  Capital punishment comes up and a lively discussion ensues.  Some people believe that it is a good thing, while other party attenders think it should never be done.  Most of the opponents believed that the death penalty was immoral.  

The majority of the guests, among whom were many journalists and intellectual men,...

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