What is the conflict in "The Furnished Room" by O. Henry?

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Usually in fictional narratives, there are internal and external conflicts, and O. Henry's stories are no exception as he constructs his tales on the basis of some contradiction or incongruity. In "The Furnished Room," O. Henry presents the dangerous aspect of New York in Dickensian fashion: A seedier side of life in a big city that is uncaring and dangerous, luring the innocent with false promise.

  • External conflict: Urban dangers vs. Individual

Lured by glamorous Broadway and its dazzling opportunities, Miss Eloise Vashner seeks fame and fortune there. But her abandoning of him leads a melancholic young...

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