The Bet

The bet

Question- How does the lawyer's decision at the end of the story develop the central idea of the text

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During his imprisonment, the prisoner uses books as a means of coping without human interaction. He finds solace in knowledge, and, more generally, in learning. The story can thus be read as something of a self-aware work of literature: it contemplates the value and meaning of books, showing that "interacting" with the worlds of books could potentially be a viable substitute for human interaction.