It was a dark autumn night.  Old Yurovsky was walking

up and down his study and remembering how, years earlier,

he had given a party one autumn evening.  There had

been many clever men there, and there had been interesting

conversations. They spoke about the execution of the Tsar.  The

majority of the guests, among whom were many journalists and

men, disapproved of the execution. They considered that form of

punishment immoral. In the opinion of some of them the

Tsar should have been imprisoned for life.  Yurovsky had remained

silent, giving no hint of his secret and undiscovered crime.


Paraphrases from the story “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov.