The treasure I am referring to is their love for one another. The State is not God. Being nothing more than a whim, the argument somehow resulted in a bet. Chekhov's writing on Sakhalin is the subject of brief comment and analysis in 's novel. The night of his terrible plan, he enters the lawyer's prison and is taken aback by the once young man's condition. The banker takes the letter and puts it into his safe.
When he got home he lay on his bed, but his tears and emotion kept him for hours from sleeping. She was a former protégée and sometime lover of Nemirovich-Danchenko whom he had first met at rehearsals for The Seagull. Which executioner is the more humane, he who kills you in a few minutes or he who drags the life out of you in the course of many years? Don't forget either, you unhappy man, that voluntary confinement is a great deal harder to bear than compulsory. Evidently the watchman had sought shelter from the weather, and was now asleep somewhere either in the kitchen or in the greenhouse. He starts as a young, impatient person, ready to spend 15 best years of his life for 2 million.
For fifteen years, the lawyer lives on the banker's property, in a small lodge, and has no human contact. The old banker was walking up and down his study and remembering how, fifteen years before, he had given a party one autumn evening. For the first year of his confinement, as far as one could judge from his brief notes, the prisoner suffered severely from loneliness and depression. He plans on killing the lawyer for money and nothing but money changes his mind. Then for four years he studied languages, history, and philosophy before moving to the New Testament and to theology.
This philosophy of approaching the art of acting has stood not only steadfast, but as the cornerstone of acting for much of the 20th century to this day. The seals on the door leading to the prisoner's rooms were intact. His face was yellow with an earthy tint in it, his cheeks were hollow, his back long and narrow, and the hand on which his shaggy head was propped was so thin and delicate that it was dreadful to look at it. He is empowered by his pursuit of knowledge, and he gains wisdom through his reflections. A banker puts up two million rubles to prove his point. On the eve of the release date, we find out that the banker cannot fulfill his part of the bet. In the fifth year music was audible again, and the prisoner asked for wine.
Chekov may have done this on purpose, to prompt the reader into thinking about the consequences of the banker and the lawyer's actions. These stories are inconclusive, we say, and proceed to frame a criticism based upon the assumption that stories ought to conclude in a way that we recognise. More than once he could be heard crying. He can have any item that he desires. In the second year, he stopped being interested in music but turned to classics. The discussion heated up and the banker betted two millions for the lawyer to stay in solitary confinement for five years. All that the unresting thought of man has created in the ages is compressed into a small compass in my brain.
It can be argued that capital punishment is immoral and unjust. Don't forget either, you unhappy man, that voluntary confinement is a great deal harder to bear than compulsory. It was dark and cold in the garden. By the fifth year, the music from the piano had returned and the lawyer spent much time lounging on the bed, talking to himself and writing. Some of the thousands of mourners followed the funeral procession of a by mistake, to the accompaniment of a military band. The ovations for the play in the year of his death served to demonstrate the Russian public's acclaim for the writer, which placed him second in literary celebrity only to , who outlived him by six years.
Name: Professor: Course: A Lady's Story The theme of the story is about love, attraction and responding to obstacles in the course of love. But, we also learn that things like money shouldn't be taken as seriously as they usually are; that there are more important things in life. He begins with languages and other related subjects. I have heard the singing of the sirens, and the strains of the shepherds' pipes; I have touched the wings of comely devils who flew down to converse with me of God. The lawyer left his cell early to prove the point that he depised all that the world lived by. Capital punishment kills a man at once, but lifelong imprisonment kills him slowly.
Nevertheless, the lawyer decides to stick to his word and the bet is carried out. Fifteen years ago, a banker threw a shindig in which he bet a young lawyer two million rubles that the lawyer couldn't stay in solitary confinement for five years. It is possible that the banker struggles with his decisions for the rest of his life as he does choose to hold onto the lawyer's last letter, but it is equally possible that he simply forgets about the lawyer in a few years time, locking away all thought of him from his mind. Ironically, while the lawyer frees himself of the corrupting power of money during his experience, the banker becomes so corrupted he convinces himself he should kill the lawyer to avoid paying. Lesson Summary The Bet, by Anton Chekov, is slightly deceptive in its title. Oh, if you only knew what unearthly happiness my soul feels now from being able to understand them! The prison warden later reports that the lawyer has left the guest house on the day before the fifteen year mark, thus losing the bet. In The Bet by Anton Chekhov there are many lessons to be learned.