Describe the princess' passion for her lover. What role does her barbarism play?

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The princess, in the short story “The Lady Or the Tiger?” by Francis Richard Stockton, falls in love with a man who is "handsome and brave to a degree unsurpassed in all this kingdom” but doesn’t match her princely status. Both of them were happily in love with each other until the day the king found out about them. The princess “was well satisfied with her lover” and loved him very passionately.

We find that when the king decides to punish her lover, the princess suffers on the thought of separating from him. But her love is a little confusing and even barbaric.

She loved him with an...

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