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Read and Discuss Anton Chekhov's Brilliant Short Story "The Bet"

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posted on May, 23 2017 @ 05:42 PM
Hello ATS and welcome!

Anton Chekhov is in my top 5 short story writers. His stories are varied and deep, and explore many levels of the human condition in such a probing yet beautiful way. He says so much in so little.

He published "The Bet" in 1889.

One night at a dinner party, during which many clever men held lively discussion, an exceptional bet was made between a banker and a lawyer.
Now 15 years later, it is time for the banker to pay up.

Read here about the bargain forged between the two men and follow the gripping tale to its last.

I promise you won't regret the read

If anyone's interested in participating (and I just plan on a leisurly thing here) I'll post some good questions I found here and you can answer whichever strike you. Thanks in advance for joining! This should be fun

edit on 23-5-2017 by zosimov because: a whole bunch of grammar errors!

posted on May, 24 2017 @ 12:28 AM
Hi, thought I'd wait a bit in order to give anyone who stumbled in here time to read. I do plan on commenting a bit on the text later but this quote is just so powerful!

Chekhov, born in 1860, would have been quite young when he penned this classic.

"You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don't want to understand you."

This is a very scathing view on humanity. I have no urge, like the character, to shun mankind; however, society in general does seem to fit into certain of the above terms. As do many politicians, generals arms dealers, bankers, lawyers, etc etc. And well let me include myself in there as well at times.

I find it interesting that the prisoner spent a year on the gospels and got from it a philosophy devoid of humanism. The gospels feature prominently in his final letter but there is no love for man.

I love that he renounced the money. Hope he ran off to Aruba or something.

Thanks for reading. If you read it, let me know if you liked the writing! I find Chekhov's prose and story matter quite striking.

edit on 24-5-2017 by zosimov because: pic!

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