To whom did Robert give one thousand dollars in "One Thousand Dollars"?

In O. Henry's story "One Thousand Dollars," Robert Gillian gives $1,000 to a young woman called Miriam Hayden, who is the ward of his deceased uncle.

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In "One Thousand Dollars ," Robert Gillian is left a bequest of $1,000 in his uncle's will. The lawyer who disburses this inheritance to him stipulates that Robert must account for precisely how he spends this money. Robert is puzzled as to what he should do, saying that he...

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In "One Thousand Dollars," Robert Gillian is left a bequest of $1,000 in his uncle's will. The lawyer who disburses this inheritance to him stipulates that Robert must account for precisely how he spends this money. Robert is puzzled as to what he should do, saying that he would understand it better if the sum of money were either much smaller or much greater. A small sum could be spent at once with a clear conscience. A large sum might set him up for life. A thousand dollars, however, is an awkward amount of money, and he does not know what is to be done with it.

After consulting with a friend at his club and with the lawyer, Robert goes to see his uncle's former ward, Miss Miriam Hayden, who was bequeathed only ten dollars in the will. He tells her that there has been a mistake, and a codicil to his uncle's will has revealed a bequest of $1,000 to her. He gives her the money and tells her that he loves her, without revealing that the $1,000 comes from him, not from his uncle. Although she does not say that she returns his affection, Robert remains cheerful and returns to the lawyer with note which reads,

Paid by the black sheep, Robert Gillian, $1,000 on account of the eternal happiness, owed by Heaven to the best and dearest woman on earth.

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