The princess must choose whether her love meets the lady or the tiger. How does the her choice make her the "lady" or the "tiger"?
In Frank Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger," the princess must make a very difficult decision. The princess must decide to send her love to either meet his death at the jaws of a tiger or be married immediately to a beautiful woman.
The princess is described as possessing a "soul as fervent and imperious as his (her...
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The choice she makes, whether her love dies or marries another, reveals her true nature. If she sends her love to the tiger because she cannot bear to see him marry another, her choice reveals that her nature is similar to a ferocious, pitiless beast's. If she sends her love to the lady because she would rather see him married to another than dead, her choice reveals that her nature is similar to the fair and lovely lady's.