What is the conflict that the framework narrator faces and how is it resolved?

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In "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", the framework narrator is looking for Rev. Leonidas Smiley and he is told by a friend of his that he should ask a man named Simon Wheeler about him.  THe problem is that once he finds Simon Wheeler, Wheeler tells him a story about a man named Jim Smiley and proceeds to tell him a boring and monotonous story about him.  Therefore, the conflict is that he is being told a story about a man that he never asked about and can not get out of the situation that he is in -- he's stuck listening to Wheeler's story.  The conflict is resolved at the end of the framework story when another person who is in the bar calls Simon Wheeler from across the room.  Wheeler goes to speak to the person and the framework narrator is then free to get up and leave.

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