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  • 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  autumn  fifteen  years  before.  There  were  many  clever   people   at   the   party   and   much   interesting   conversation.   They   talked  among   other   things   of  capital   punishment.   The   guests,  among   them   not   a   few   scholars   and   journalists,  for   the   most   part  disapproved   of   capital   punishment.   They   found   it  obsolete  as   a   means   of   punishment,  unfitted   to  a   Christian   State   and   immoral.   Some   of   them   thought   that   capital   punishment   should   be   replaced  universally   by   life-imprisonment.  
  • They're both equally immoral, because their purpose is the same, to take away life. The State is not God. It has no right to take away that which it cannot give back, if it should so desire.
  • I don't agree with you, I myself have experienced neither capital punishment nor life-imprisonment, but if one may judge a priori, then in my opinion capital punishment is more moral and more humane than imprisonment. Execution kills instantly, life-imprisonment kills by degrees. Who is the more humane executioner, one who kills you in a few seconds or one who
  • The host states his opinion.
  • Among the company was a lawyer, a young man of about twenty-five. On being asked his opinion, he said:
  • Capital punishment and life-imprisonment are equally immoral; but if I were offered the choice between them, I would certainly choose the second. It's better to live somehow than not to live at all.
  • There ensued a lively discussion. The banker who was then younger and more nervous suddenly lost his temper, banged his fist on the table, and turning to the young lawyer, cried out:
  • If   you   mean   it   seriously, then   I   bet   I'll   stay   not   five   but   fifteen.
  • It's   a   lie.   I   bet   you   two   millions   you   wouldn't   stick   in   a   cell   even   for   five   years.
  • Agreed.   You   stake   two   millions,  I   my   freedom
  • Fifteen!   Done!  ...Gentlemen,  I   stake   two   million. 
  • They cant be serious!?
  • So   this   wild,  ridiculous   bet   came   to   pass.  
  • These men are insane..
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