The Bet, By Anton Chekhov
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Fearing he'd lost the bet for certain, the banker went to steal the money. He believed that suspicion would fall of the watchman, and that he would get away scot-free.
"If I have the courage to fulfil my intention," thought the old man, "the suspicion will fall on the watchman first of all."
The banker opened the door before the date the lawyer was to be freed because, he wanted to kill him. He didn't want to give him the money and he thought no one would ever find out. The passage states "And I have only to take this half-dead man, throw him on the bed, stifle him a little with the pillow and the most conscientious expert would find no sign of a violent death."
"The Bet" by Anton Chekhov