True love seeks nothing in return. Discuss this statement  with reference to the story "One Thousand  Dollars"  by O. Henry

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Robert Gillian, the only living relative of a very wealthy man, gives away his inheritance to the woman he loves despite her admission to him that she cannot return his love.

After Young Gillian's uncle dies, he is given $1,000 with instructions that he must spend it, and he must account for how he has spent it. This gift is a test of Robert Gillian's motives. His uncle, who supported his nephew while he was alive, has devised a test with this money, believing he will squander the money. Young Gillian proves him wrong as he gives his $1,000 to Miss Hayden, the ward of Mr. Gillian to whom only $10 and a ring was left; Robert gives this to her despite the fact that his love for her is unrequited. Moreover, when he is about to turn in his envelope with the record of what he has done with his money, he learns that he will inherit $50,000 if he has been altruistic in his expenditure. So, in order that Miss Hayden will also receive this, Gillian tears up his envelope containing the accounting of his charitableness. He tells the lawyers,

"I lost the thousand dollars on the races. Good-day, gentlemen."

Tolman & Sharp are baffled as Gillian is heard whistling happily. Love is its own reward and seeks nothing in return.


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