In the short story "The Lady or the Tiger" what is the king's relationship with his subjects?

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Frank Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger" is based on a simple premise. Justice, in the realm of a "semi-barbaric" king, is determined in a public arena. The accused walks into the middle of a "vast amphitheater" and has the choice of two doors. Behind one door is a "hungry tiger" which immediately tears the man to pieces as punishment for his guilt. If he chooses the other door he is greeted by "a lady, the most suitable to his years and station that his majesty could select among his fair subjects," and, as a reward for his innocence, is immediately married to that lady. 

Obviously, this means of justice relies heavily on luck. It is difficult, however, to ascertain the relationship of the king to his subjects, other than the fact that the public...

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