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Readers reading The Bet ultimately see that Chekhov presents us with two failed paths in The Bet the banker who refuses to face his own mortality and the prisoner who faces it but falls into despair because he is so disconnected Both are failures but in different ways We will begin by considering why facing crisis might by easy Human beings thrive on change While they may feel fear and uncertainty when presented with a crisis theyre also likely to feel exhilaration at the prospect of novelty that crises offer most importantly though crisis forces one to live in the moment responding to immediate threats only with no concern for the long-term future and no regrets for the past In a very real way crises free people at least momentarily from the shackles of past guilt and future fear Chekhov draws heavily on these ideas in his construction of the bankers character The banker a pampered man spoilt and frivolous is habitually nervous and lets himself get carried away by excitement Chekhov assures us that this is not the impulsiveness of youth since he describes it as excitability which he could not get over even in advancing years Chekhov paints the portrait of a cowardly man who lacks the courage to endure day-to-day living Instead the banker must subsist on one manufactured crisis after another Let us now turn our attention to the erosion brought about by day-to-day living At first glance it appears that the prisoner is shielded from the travails of day-to-day living since all his material needs are met and he is free to spend his time indulging in wine music and books On closer examination however we can see that the prisoner must still continue the task of living from one day to the next without the distractions posed by external crisis Despite his material comforts he is forced to endure far more than the banker simply because he cannot retreat
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