In the attached paragraph from "The Lady or the Tiger?", what is the tone, mood, irony, and style the author has chosen to use?
This paragraph, which comes near the end of "The Lady, or the Tiger?" continues the ironic tone of the narrative, and it also generates a dark mood while at the same time not resolving the question of what the final decision of the princess will be.
As the descriptions of the princess's hatred for the maiden are detailed, Stockton's style of contrasting the ill feelings that the princess's savage blood engenders in the maiden with the previous knowledge that she feels intense passion for the young man generates an ambivalence. So, the reader wonders about what will be the attitude of the princess regarding the outcome she wishes for the young man.
...all the intensity of the savage blood transmitted to her through...wholly barbaric ancestors, she hated the woman....
Certainly the ironic tone, dark, foreboding mood, and style of this paragraph is a continuation of the uncertainty of the situation that serves to engross readers in the suspenseful narrative and wonder when reaching the story's unfinished ending what would be the conclusion had Stockton written one.