In "The Bet," why did the banker lock the letter written by the lawyer in a fireproof safe?

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The following is the concluding paragraph of Chekhov's story "The Bet" in full.

    Next morning the watchmen ran in with pale faces, and told him they had seen the man who lived in the lodge climb out of the window into the garden, go to the gate, and disappear. The banker went at once with the servants to the lodge and made sure of the flight of his prisoner. To avoid arousing unnecessary talk, he took from the table the writing in which the millions were renounced, and when he got home locked it up in the fireproof safe.

There is probably more explication in this story than is absolutely necessary. The answer to the question "Why did the banker lock the letter written by the lawyer in a fireproof safe?" is given by the author himself as "To avoid arousing unnecessary talk, he took from the table the writing in which the millions were renounced, and when he got home locked it up in the fireproof safe." I suppose we have to take the author's word that this was the banker's motive....

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