The Lady Or The Tiger? By Frank R. Stockton

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In the short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?” the author, Frank R. Stockton, combines a royal kingdom with a semi barbaric king and princess. A gentleman, that wasn’t royal, had fell in love with the beautiful princess. The king wouldn’t allow it. The boy wasn’t allowed to love the king’s daughter, it was against the rules of the kingdom. As we keep reading we learn that the king declares that the boy must be put in the arena, where is to choose between two doors, the right door and the left door. Knowing which door had the tiger, and which door had the maiden, the princess didn’t know which to tell her lover, the boy, to choose. She didn’t want to see him get mauled to death, but she also didn’t want to see him married to another woman.

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