In the story “The Lady or the Tiger?," the narrator says that the king “was greatly given to self-communing.” What does this say about the way he rules?

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In the first paragraph of Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger?," the king is portrayed as an authoritarian who makes every political decision on his own and has complete authority over the laws and policies of his kingdom. The narrator describes the semi-barbaric king as "self-communing" and mentions that whatever the king decides on his own is done. The definition of "self-communing" means to consult and talk to oneself intimately. Essentially, the narrator is saying that the king is only concerned about his own opinions and refuses to consult or listen to any advisers or counsels when making a decision. The fact that the king has complete power and authority over the kingdom is significant and explains why his method of administering justice is permitted.

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