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The Lady, or the Tiger?

by Francis Richard Stockton
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Explain the following statement in your own words: “Among his courtiers was a young man of that fineness of blood and lowness of station common to the conventional heroes of romance who love royal maidens.”

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This statement also satirizes the idea that all men in romance stories looked alike.  They have no substance to them, but they are desirable because of physical features alone.  Personality does not go into it, regarless of the man's social class.

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This statement also satirizes the idea that all men in romance stories looked alike.  They have no substance to them, but they are desirable because of physical features alone.  Personality does not go into it, regarless of the man's social class.

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I agree with post 2 that the saying reflects that in most romantic stories of this type,  the hero who loves the princess is often poor and without prospects, but whose love is true and  loyal.  In this case, these words set up the essential conflict which the princess must face which is either to allow her loving hero to live but with another woman, or have her lover die so that he belongs only to her even in death.  The "fineness of blood" is to indicate that the young man is a truly fine man, but with no position or wealth to change his station in life, he has no prospects for marrying the princess.  Thus, her choice will be final and a test of what the reader believes about love.

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I think that it is sort of making fun of romantic stories.  It is saying that all of these stories have a hero in them who is in love with a princess but who is poor and does not have a high-status position.

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