The Bet

A banker stakes a million dollars that life in prison is worse than death. A young man stakes fifteen years of his life that it is not.

  • Excerpt

    Then after the tenth year, the prisoner sat immovably at the table and read nothing but the Gospel. It seemed strange to the banker that a man who in four years had mastered six hundred learned volumes should waste nearly a year over one thin book easy of comprehension. Theology and histories of religion followed the Gospels.