Panorama English Reader Class 10 Solutions Chapter 3 The Bet
What were the terms and conditions of the bet? Do you think them proper?
The terms and conditions were the lawyers had to remain confined in a cell for fifteen years. The cell was within the house of the banker. During his confinement, the banker had to supply the necessary requisites to the lawyer for example food, wine, books and the means of entertainment. If the lawyer successfully remained within the confinement the banker had to pay two million at stake.
I don’t think them as proper. Because vain longings and rigidity of opinions often give bad results. Ultimately the involved parties get nothing but remorse. Pleasure of gain and pleasure of loss both are futile if real wisdom is perceived.
Why was the banker afraid of honoring the bet?
The lawyer was confined for long period of fifteen years. The banker was very rich but his economic condition had become bleak by the fourteenth fifteenth year of lawyers confinement. So he was being afraid of honoring the bet.
What did the banker do to kill the lawyer?
The banker tapped on the window with his finger, but the prisoner made no movement in the cell. Then the banker cautiously tore the seals from the door and put the key into the lock. The rusty lock gave a hoarse groan and the door creaked. The banker expected instantly to hear a cry of surprise and. the sound of steps. Three minutes passed and it was as quiet inside as it had been before. He made up his mind to enter. He thought the prisoner (the lawyer in confinement) as a devil who was asleep, dreaming the millions. He decided to throw the half-dead thing on the bed, smother him with a pillow and he will be dead. But before this planing, he went on to read what the lawyer had written as a note kept on the table and was fast asleep. Understanding the whole thing the conscience of the banker did not allow to do any misbehavior and he came back to his room.
What did the banker do to know that the.lav’yer had escaped? Why did he weep to read the notes of the lawyer?
The banker instantly went with his servants to the wing and established the escape of his prisoner. To avoid unnecessary rumors he took the paper from the table and, on his return locked it in his safe.
He went to see the innocence and greatness of the lawyer. He kissed the head of the strange man who was lying asleep. The banker continued to weep realizing, his own blunder in life and realizing the ultimate truth of life. Wisdom is far above material wealth. Humanitarian wisdom is acquired through centuries and centuries.
Is betting a good habit?
No, betting is not a good habit. It harms both the participants. The man who is the winner becomes arrogant and accomplishes false pride. The man who is defeated suffers mental agony and tension. Ultimate gain in nothing. So betting is futile.
Is capital punishment justified?
No, Capital punishment is not justified. If so neone is wrong and commits a crime there are so many ways to condemn and punish him. But life of anyone is very precious. If we cannot give it, we should not take it.