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Wow 7883995 minutes sure is a long time to spend in solitary confinement and then not even hang around for the final five minutes to reclaim your prize The title of this story is The Bet and is written by Anton Chekhov In this story a man takes part in a bet for two million dollars under the conditions that he stays in solitary confinement for fifteen years The man whom we come to know as the prisoner stays in confinement for almost fifteen years when with only five minutes remaining he renounces his quest for the two million dollars In his fifteen years of solitude the prisoner has come to the realization that money is of no significance in comparison to the knowledge he has gained through his studies and to prove this he leaves just before he can claim his prize In this story the prisoner is persistent intelligent and self-motivating These characteristics help the reader come to terms with the decision the prisoner reveals in the end At the outset we find that a primary characteristic of the prisoner is persistence In his final letter to the jailer the man with whom he has made the bet the prisoner writes Tomorrow at twelve oclock I regain my freedom and the right to associate with other men This quote proves that the prisoner is persistent in that he perseveres fifteen years of solitary confinement Fifteen years Fifteen years without associating with another human being Fifteen years of seclusion with only his books music and wine to occupy his time It is evident the prisoner has persistence to be able to endure under these circumstances for such an extensive period of time Subsequently we find that another primary characteristic of the prisoner is his display of intelligence In his final letter to the jailer the prisoner writes To prove to you in action how I despise all that you live by I renounce the
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