The Question and Answer section for The Bet is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
One of the men is a banker, the other man is a lawyer.
The lawyer wanted to write down that he was breaking his contract a few minutes before the time was up.
We are not told about the fifth year specifically, although we can infer that he was feeling remorse over his decision and suffering from depression.
In the second year the piano was silent in the lodge, and the prisoner asked only for the...