The Lady or the Tiger? tells a tale of a barbaric king in a far-off land who has invented a novel method of punishing criminals: his arena contains two doors, one of which hides a lady and one of which hides a tiger. The story concerns a young courtier who falls in love with the king’s daughter and is sentenced to choose a door; however, the princess finds out which door hides the lady and which hides the tiger. This story explores themes of barbarism, passion, and the human psyche.

Summary of The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank R. Stockton

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