What is an example of verbal irony in "The Lady or the Tiger"?

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Verbal irony occurs when a sentence or passage in a text means the opposite of what it says. Stockton uses a good deal of verbal irony in this story, directing much of it at the king. For example, he writes the following:

When every member of his domestic and political systems moved smoothly in its appointed course, his nature was bland and genial; but, whenever there was a little hitch, and some of his orbs got out of their orbits, he was blander and more genial still, for nothing pleased him so much as to make the crooked straight and crush down uneven places.

By "blander still," Stockton actually means, ironically, that the king becomes crueler. This passage conveys the fact that the king enjoys crushing all dissent. He is a tyrant who has everything his own way. As the text says,

He was greatly given to self-communing, and, when he and himself agreed upon anything, the thing was done.

This shows that the king actually communes with no one and behaves as a dictator.

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