A Banker is hosting a dinner party with several fine men in his study. Among them, several journalists and a young Lawyer.
After a heated discussion, everyone is trying to decide which is worse, the death penalty or life in prison. The lawyer places a bet with the banker to last fifteen years in solitary confinement for 2 million dollars.
The Lawyer had started his sentence and was not allowed human contact. His first year started off normal, but each proceeding year he had acted different, one studying like a mad man, and another he had just sat still.
After 15 years, the banker went to give the lawyer his reward. This would, however, financially ruin the banker. He had lost a large amount of money on the stock market and had expected the man to give up before the time, but a bet is a bet.
The banker went to the cell to give the man his reward when he saw a note, explaining how the lawyer didn't want money and would leave before the time he was allowed to.
The next mourning, the banker awoke to discover that the lawyer indeed had escaped. Thus, the banker had felt bitter-sweet, for he had robbed a man of possibly the best fifteen years of his lifetime, and yet he would not be financially ruined. So he took the check for two million dollars and locked it back in the safe.