The Bet. Anton Chekhov. I. It was a dark autumn night. The old banker was pacing from corner to corner of his study, recalling to his mind the party he gave in the. The Bet. Anton Chekhov. I. IT WAS a dark autumn night. The old banker was walking up and down his study and remembering how, fifteen years before, he had. The old banker was pacing from corner to corner of his study, recalling to his mind the party he gave in the autumn fifteen years ago. Some of them thought that capital punishment should be replaced universally by life-imprisonment. "I myself have experienced neither capital.
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The Bet. Anton Chekhov. Author's biography. Anton Pavlovitch Chekhov, the son of a grocer and one of a family of six, born at Taganrog in Southern Russia on. THE BET - Anton P. Chekhov. Ref.I. 'It was a dark autumn night. The old banker was walking up and down his study and remembering how, fifteen years before. Project Gutenberg · 59, free ebooks · 44 by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. The Bet, and other stories by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. Book Cover.
During that party, the group in attendance had many lively discussions, ultimately turning to the topic of capital punishment.
As the group argued, the two sides of the debate coalesced into two representatives: the banker, who is for capital punishment and believes that it is more merciful, and a lawyer, who believes that life imprisonment is the better option, due to its preservation of life.
The lawyer believes that any life is better than none, and that life cannot be taken away by the government, since life cannot be given back if the government realizes that it made a mistake. The banker and the lawyer decide to enter into a bet, with the banker wagering that the lawyer could not withstand 5 years of imprisonment. The lawyer, young and idealistic, decides to up the ante and makes the bet longer: 15 years.
The Bet and Other Stories
If he could last to the end of his sentence, the lawyer would receive two million rubles for wining the bet. The banker cannot fathom his good fortune, and even offers the young lawyer a way out, saying that he is being hasty and foolish.
Nevertheless, the lawyer decides to stick to his word and the bet is carried out. For fifteen years, the lawyer lives on the banker's property, in a small lodge, and has no human contact. He can have any item that he desires.
At first, the lawyer does not comfort himself with any liquor or tobacco, confining himself to playing the piano.
But as the years progress, he gives in and spends much of his time drunk or asleep. Later, the main focus of his time becomes books, as he searches for adventures and comforts that he cannot possess physically.
He takes great advantage of the banker's ability to provide any book, and asks that the banker test the result of his reading by firing two shots in the garden if his translations of several languages is indeed flawless. The banker acquiesces and confirms the lawyer's suspicion that he has mastered languages.
As the years go by, the lawyer reads virtually every genre under the sun. He makes his way from the lighter reading of the early years, to the dense text of the Gospels and Shakespeare. The banker, by this time, has gone broke due to his own recklessness and gambling.
He begins to worry that the lawyer's bet with him will ruin him financially. The banker begins to hope against all hope that the lawyer will break his vow and lose the bet.
He doesn't even feel remorse at his evil thoughts, excusing them on the basis that they are in his own best interest. In fact, the banker even manages to convince himself that the lawyer is getting the better end of the deal, since he will still be relatively young at 40, and, with the 2 million rubles, relatively rich.
With this in mind, the banker goes to investigate how the lawyer is doing. He finds that his prisoner is asleep at his desk, looking much older and careworn than he ever imagined him to be.
After observing him for a few seconds, the banker notices a letter on the table. In it, the lawyer proclaims his intention to renounce earthly goods in favor of the spiritual blessings. The prisoner has become entirely embittered during his captivity. He has developed an intense hatred for other humans and believes that there is nothing that he or they can do to ever reconcile this chasm. Chekhov The Huntsman by A.
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This amazing Russian born author, well-known for his short fiction and wonderful novels, didn't have the best start in life. In , while Anton was still at school Chekhov's father was declared Bankrupt and the family moved from Taganrog, Southern Russia to Moscow.
Anton however remained for a further three years to complete his education and sell the families possessions. During this time he had to support himself and his family as well as pay for his education! He achieved this by catching and selling goldfinches, private tutoring and selling humorous sketches about contemporary Russian life to newspapers.
Anton Chekhov finished his schooling in and moved to Moscow to join his family. He studied medicine at Moscow University and qualified as a doctor in He practiced as a doctor despite writing over four hundred short stories in his short life died of Tuberculosis at just 44 years old. He was buried at Novodevichy Cemetery next to his father. Anton Chekhov - The Plays!He has developed an intense hatred for other humans and believes that there is nothing that he or they can do to ever reconcile this chasm.
The banker, by this time, has gone broke due to his own recklessness and gambling. Printable Anton Chekhov Free Short Stories These wonderful short stories and tales from this famous author are perfect for those who appreciate his wonderful style of writing. Chekhov, as a noted intellectual, would have been troubled by the new regime and its anti-modern nature.
In the note, the lawyer declares that during the imprisonment he came to hate all the material and therefore renounces his reward.