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The Bet

The Bet


by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Bet: Stuff the Lawyer Reads in Prison True or False

1. Why is it surprising when the lawyer reads the Gospels? -> it seems like too simple a book for how long he's been reading it
2. What's the last thing the prisoner reads? -> long boring history books
3. Which of the books that he reads seem to make him argue loudly with himself? -> no books—he argues with himself when he is not reading
4. The lawyer at one point writes a lot in prison. What is he writing? -> we don't know—he tears all of it up
5. What about his reading has filled the lawyer with "unearthly happiness"? -> being able to understand many things in many languages