The conflict in Thurber's "The Catbird Seat" is Mr. Martin's opposition to his co-worker, Ulgine Barrows. Mr. Martin, a staid and steadfast longtime employee of F & S, is disgusted by Mrs. Barrows's annoying behavior (in which she spouts questions such as "Are you sitting in the catbird seat?") and her insistence on reorganizing the company's different departments. Mrs. Barrows is relatively new, but she has the confidence of the boss, Mr. Fitweiler, and the boss seems to listen to everything she says. Mr. Martin knows that his department, filing, is next, and he decides to resolve the conflict by killing Mrs. Barrows. Instead, he loses his inhibitions while drinking at her apartment, and he convinces her that he is going to kill the boss while high on heroin. The next day, the boss hears Mrs. Barrows's story and, thinking she is insane for spreading these rumors about the solid Mr. Martin, fires her, thereby strangely resolving Mr. Martin's conflict.