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In the short story The Bet the lawyer and the banker argue and place a bet related to capital punishment The lawyer says life imprisonment is better than death while the banker disagrees by saying that life imprisonment kills you slowly while capital punishment kills you quickly without pain After many years the banker finally wins the bet after the lawyer gives up Some might not agree the banker won the bet but he did First of all the details of the bet were outlined specifically It was decided that the young man should spend the years of his captivity under the strictest supervision in one of the lodges in the bankers garden It was agreed that for fifteen years he should not be free to cross the threshold of the lodge to see human beings to hear the human voice or to receive letters and newspapersThe agreement provided for every detail and every trifle that would make his imprisonment strictly solitary and bound the young man to stay there exactly fifteen years beginning from twelve oclock of November 14 1870 and ending at twelve oclock November 14 1885 The slightest attempt on his part to break the conditions if only two minutes before the end released the banker from the obligation to pay him two millions The agreement specifically states that if the lawyer leaves before twelve oclock on November 14 he would lose the bet So since the lawyer left at seven oclock which was five hours before the due time he forgave his rights to the two millions and he did not stay for fifteen years exactly which proves he lost the bet It might be argued that the lawyer won the bet because he stayed for close to fifteen years That would be a good point but being close to something only matters if you are playing horseshoes not if you are placing a bet It could also be said the
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