But he was a commoner, not part of an important family. The prince narrowed the possibilities down to two, one lady smiling and one frowning, and made the correct choice. This story's title has become an allegorical expression meaning an unsolvable problem.
The tiger-cages of the kingdom were searched for the most savage and relentless beasts, from which the fiercest monster might be selected for the arena; and the ranks of maiden youth and beauty throughout the land were carefully surveyed by competent judges, in order that he, young man, might have a fitting bride in case fate did not determine for him a different destiny.
Then the gay brass bells rang forth their merry peals, the people shouted glad hurrahs, and the innocent man, preceded by children strewing flowers on his path, led his bride to his home. Great cries went up from the paid mourners. Life[ edit ] Born in Philadelphia inStockton was the son of a prominent Methodist minister who discouraged him from a writing career.
Of course, everybody knew that the deed with which the accused was charged had been done. Long ago, in the very olden time, there lived a powerful king.
She had lost him, but who should have him. A door beneath the royal party opened, and the lover of the princess walked into the arena. She knew in which of the two rooms, that lay behind those doors, stood the cage of the tiger, with its open front, and in which waited the lady.
He gave a sign. Its perfect fairness is obvious. Like the story, the song ends without a conclusion. This vast amphitheater, with its encircling galleries, its mysterious vaults, and its unseen passages, was an agent of poetic justice, in which crime was punished, or virtue rewarded, by the decrees of an impartial and incorruptible chance.
In one fulfillment, she would be forced to see him torn to pieces before her very eyes; in the other, she would be forced to watch him marry and go off forever with a woman she hated.
He could open either door he pleased; he was subject to no guidance or influence but that of the aforementioned impartial and incorruptible chance. The more we reflect upon this question, the harder it is to answer.
The question of her decision is one not to be lightly considered, and it is not for me to presume to set myself up as the one person able to answer it. Never before had such a case occurred; never before had a subject dared to love the daughter of the king.
She had lost him, but who should have him. Every eye but his was fixed on the man in the arena. The princess secretly loved a young man who was the best-looking and bravest in the land.
She has also discovered that the lady is someone whom she hates, thinking her to be a rival for the affections of the accused. How often, in her waking hours and in her dreams, had she started in wild horror, and covered her face with her hands, as she thought of her lover opening the door on the other side of which waited the cruel fangs of the tiger.
It was the duty and the privilege of the person on trial, to walk directly to these doors and open one of them.
At noon on the following day, the prince was blindfolded and brought before a priest, where a marriage ceremony was performed and he could feel and hear a lady standing next to him.
One day, the king discovered the relationship between his daughter and the young man. Every eye was fixed upon that man.
She thought of her lover opening the door on the other side of which waited the sharp teeth of the tiger.
Some of the king's ideas are progressive, but others cause people to suffer. The king sat high up on his ceremonial chair.
When he looked at her, he saw that she had been successful, as he knew she would succeed. How in her grievous reveries had she gnashed her teeth, and torn her hair, when she saw his start of rapturous delight as he opened the door of the lady.
Something which would again suggest that the king treats women as inferior to men. He also searched for the most beautiful maiden in all his land. Had it not been for the moiety of barbarism in her nature it is probable that lady would not have been there, but her intense and fervid soul would not allow her to be absent on an occasion in which she was so terribly interested.
Get started by clicking the "Add" button. The story was written by Frank Stockton in But how much oftener had she seen him open the other door. Iron bells rang sadly. When the people gathered together on one of the great trial days, they never knew whether they would see a bloody killing or a happy ending.
The Lady, or the Tiger? [Frank R. Stockton] on lookbeyondthelook.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Stockton's The Lady, or the Tiger? is one of the most enduring short story mysteries ever lookbeyondthelook.coms: 5. Page 1 of 5. More Books. More by this Author. In the very olden time there lived a semi-barbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished and sharpened by the progressiveness of distant Latin neighbors, were still large, florid, and untrammeled, as became the half of him which was barbaric.
The central theme in Frank Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" is choices and consequences. The premise of the story revolves around the semi-barbaric king whose system of justice features. The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank Stockton.
The Lady, or the Tiger? is one of our Favorite Fairy Tales, recommended for ages 13 to lookbeyondthelook.com was first published in The Century infirmly establishing the subtle art of the short story to captivate readers. This story's title has become an allegorical expression meaning an unsolvable problem.
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Frank Richard Stockton (April 5, – April 20, ) was an American writer and humorist, best known today for a series of innovative children's fairy tales that were widely popular during the last decades of the 19th century.Lady or the tiger by frank stockton