I do believe that there are context clues in the short story that suggest what she may have chosen. For instance, she is described as "fervent," "imperils," and barbaric. The author shows us that this is one stance in which the apple does not all too far from the tree. The author describes her as arrogant and even states that "savage blood [was] transmitted through long lines of wholly barbaric ancestors." The princess hated the lady behind the door and was passionately jealous. The author states that while many times the princess thought in horror of the man being devoured by the lion, she thought even more times of the lady winning her love. The princess is not described as the sort of woman who would sacrifice her own life and happiness for the sake of one she loves. Therefore, sad to say, the princess chose the tiger.