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What is the conflict in the story "The Storyteller" by Saki?

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The first conflict in the story exists between the aunt and the three children, who are boisterous, disobedient, and extremely annoying. Despite her numerous attempts to distract and silence her nephew and nieces, the children refuse to settle down and expect their aunt to entertain them. In an attempt to quiet and please the children, the aunt tells them a mundane, moralistic tale, which is boring and dull.

Another conflict exists between the children and the passenger. Similarly to the aunt, the passenger is also extremely annoyed by the loud, active children who cannot sit still or remain quiet during the ride. The passenger begins to stare and make eye contact with the aunt in hopes of influencing her to intervene and silence the children.

The other conflict in the story exists between the passenger and the aunt. The passenger is upset at the aunt because she lacks the ability to settle the children. He is also disheartened and bored by her moralistic story, which is ineffective and...

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