Can you summarize the short story "The Lady, or the Tiger?" by Frank Stockton?

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Sure. A summary is found in the enotes study guide via the link below, but we can compress it still further. A king has set up a situation where those accused of crimes get to choose between two doors. Behind one is a tiger. Behind one is a beautiful lady. (Think of this as an early reality show.) His daughter has a love affair he doesn't approve of and is put in the situation. The daughter cheats and figures out which door has which "prize" behind it. She signals him, and the story ends, leaving you hanging. Which did she send him to? The lady (and he marries someone else)? Or the tiger?


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