An Example of Conflict in a Story

Arriving at the cafe, one can choose either to wait in line at the counter or to claim a table by setting down one’s personal belongings. If the cafe is particularly crowded — like on a weekend morning, for example — the latter option might be the only means to guaranteeing a seat. Some patrons, however, will certainly regard this course of action as rude. “Customers who have ordered already ought to have priority,” they contend. Others patrons will regard it as wholly logical. “Why order,” they ask, “if the possibility of having no seat is very real?” A third group regards it as rude and does it anyway. These people, we say, are “conflicted.”

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