The Bet

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  • The Dinner Party
  • What do you think of capital punishment?
  • Capital punishment and life-imprisonment are equally immoral; but if I were offered the choice between them, I would certainly choose the second. 
  • The Bet
  • I bet you two millions you wouldn't stick in a cell even for five years.
  • Fifteen! Done!
  • If you mean it seriously, then I bet I'll stay not five but fifteen 
  • Change of Heart
  • Why did I make this bet? What's the good? The lawyer loses fifteen years of his life and I throw away two millions!
  • The banker invites several people to a dinner party.  They get into an argument about which is best: capital punishment or life-imprisonment?
  • The Imprisonment
  • The banker makes a bet with the lawyer.  The bet escalates to the level that the lawyer shall stay in self-imprisonment for 15 years and if no rules are broken, the banker will give him two million dollars.
  • Intent to Kill
  • The banker realizes his carelessness in the heat of the moment when he made the bet.  He realizes that this will do no good and will only hurt the people in the bet.
  • 5 Minutes Early
  • During the lawyer's imprisonment he became extremely lonely, and at some points, violent.  He read often, going through over 600 books and the entire New Testament.  He wrote letters, studied language, philosophy, and history. He also played the piano on occasion.  For one whole year, he became so depressed he only ate and slept. This time period was extremely tough for the lawyer.
  • On the last day of the lawyer's imprisonment, the banker decides to kill the prisoner because he no longer has two million dollars.  He sneaks into the room while the weak lawyer is sitting at the desk and plans to kill him.  He sees a letter that the lawyer has written and begins to read it.  It says that the lawyer no longer cares for money or anything and will leave the cell five minutes early. The banker begins to cry because he is extremely grateful.
  • After his time in prison, the lawyer learned that he did not want anything that others did and that he did not want the two million dollars.  As promised, he walked out of the prison five minutes before the stipulated term, therefore voiding the two million dollar payment.  THE END
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