The Lady or the Tiger? Questions and Answers
by Francis Richard Stockton

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In "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton, what does the princess see in her dreams?

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Since her father's proclamation of judgment, the princess has been having dreams about her lover's final fate.

In some dreams, she sees the terrifying prospect of her lover torn to pieces by the fierce, blood-thirsty tiger. Worse than the prospect of his death is the probability of her being witness to his violent demise.

In other dreams, the princess sees her lover marry one of the "fairest and loveliest of the damsels of the court." In this nightmare, she sees her lover open the door to the beautiful courtier and then respond in "rapturous delight" to his good fortune.

According to this dream, the beautiful maiden also reacts in triumph when she sees what is to be her fate. At the opening of this door, the multitude shout for joy, and a priest presides over the solemnities of the marriage ceremony. The wedding bells serenade the happy couple as they "walk away together upon their path of flowers, followed by the tremendous shouts of the hilarious multitude..." In this nightmare, the princess notes that her one "despairing shriek" will have been drowned by the sounds of celebration and triumph.

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