The Bet


Anton Chekhov

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The Banker

Young, wealthy, and fairly reckless at the beginning of the story, the banker insists that death is preferable to life imprisonment and is the one who initially makes the titular bet with the lawyerread analysis of The Banker

The Lawyer

Just 25 years old when he attends the banker’s party at the beginning of the story, the lawyer initially asserts that life-imprisonment is far preferable to capital punishment. He proves as reckless as the banker… read analysis of The Lawyer

The Watchman

The banker’s watchman is mostly absent from the narrative, but he is there to make sure the lawyer doesn’t escape. When the banker goes to sneak into the garden wing late at night before… read analysis of The Watchman