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.