Who is the character in "One Thousand Dollars"?  

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The main character in this great story is Robert "Bobby" Gillian, a young man who inherits an initial amount of $1000 from the estate of his late uncle. The fact that his uncle leaves him such a small initial bequest from his large estate, with the unknown promise of a...

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The main character in this great story is Robert "Bobby" Gillian, a young man who inherits an initial amount of $1000 from the estate of his late uncle. The fact that his uncle leaves him such a small initial bequest from his large estate, with the unknown promise of a lot more money if Robert spends the initial amount wisely, tells us that Robert had been unwise with money in the past.

The fact that Robert decides to give his money to Miss Hayden, a woman for whom his uncle had been responsible, shows us that Bobby has a remarkably generous spirit. Later, when he is offered $50,000, on the assumption that his initial bequest had been spent wisely, he engineers the situation in such a way that the large amount also goes to Miss Hayden, whom Robert describes as "the best and dearest woman on earth." This shows us that, in spite of any former wrongdoing and his initial indecision as to what to do with the first amount of money, Robert has a heart of gold.

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To me, there is only one real character in this story -- it is the young man, Robert Gillian, who gets the $1000 and must decide what to do with it.  As the story progresses, we find out a great deal about his character.

Young Gillian clearly has been something of a playboy and a prodigal.  He seems to have gone around wasting money on frivolous things.  For much of the story, this seems to be his true character.  However, at the end of the story, we come to find out that he has a serious side.  More importantly, we find that one of the most important aspects of his character is that he is unselfish and he knows how to act out of love.  His final action in the story shows this -- he knowingly sacrifices a fortune so the woman he loves can have it instead.

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