Is the conflict in One Thousand Dollars, by O'Henry, person vs self?  Gillian struggles to spend his money and with doing something decent?

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I would agree that the conflict in this story is that of a person versus himself.  I would put it just a bit differently than you do, though.

I do not think that Gillian is struggling to do something decent.  I think that the struggle is to figure out who he is.  He is not trying to move in one direction -- instead, he is trying to figure out which direction is right for him.

I think that that is why he goes around asking people for their advice on how to spend the money.  I think he is trying to decide if he is the kind of person who buys necklaces for showgirls or, perhaps, if he is the kind who banks over $1000 by selling pencils.

I think Gillian struggles against himself to find out who he is.

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