The main themes in the story is truehappiness lies within man - fifteen yrs before they made a bet to decide which was more moral - death penalty or life imprisionment . lawyer had to stay in a lodge as per the conditions -  READ WHT YEAR HE STUDIED WHT . one day befre the bond expired the banker decided to strangle the lawyer to death for he was certain that the lawyer would surely take away 2 million roubles and leave him as a bankrupt. he went to the lodge and saw a note there - READ WHT WAS WRITTEN ON THE NOTE-the next the lawyer jumped through the window and ran away 5hrs before . the banker took the letter and preserved it in th safe
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