In "The Lady or the Tiger" why does the princess believe that her lover and the lady behind the door love each other?

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Like the king, Hurst describes the princess as "semi-barbaric" and even adds that she was "hot blooded." These terms suggest that the princess could also be quite jealous and "she had seen or imagined that she had seen" her lover and the lady looking at each other and even stopping to share a brief word. The lady is described as "one of the fairest and loveliest of the damsels of the court" and so the princess's jealousy is stoked, not only by the fact that she perceives the lady and her lover have some sort of relationship, but also that the lady is beautiful and thus attractive to her lover. She could certainly imagine her lover and the lady being secretly in love. While she has absolutely no evidence of an affair between the two, the princess may be considered naturally suspicious due to her "semi-barbaric" nature. She can think only of how much she is in love and is hyper-sensitive to anyone who might pose a threat to her love for the man. This is, after all, a fairytale kingdom and so possible that all sorts of intrigue may play itself out in the king's court.

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