What happens after a person is accused of a crime in the kingdom described in "The Lady, or the Tiger?"

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Because the king liked his kingdom to run without a "hitch," he was quick to act when something in his "domestic or political systems" got out of line.

He had an amphitheater built in which virtue would be rewarded and crime would be punished. If the crime was something that the king found interesting, he set the date for a public resolution in the amphitheater. He would sit on his high throne, attended by his court, and summon the accused for a public appearance. 

The king preferred for the reward or punishment to come from the choice the accused made himself.  As a result, when the accused was brought into the arena, he had a choice of two identical doors.  Behind one lurked a tiger that would tear the accused...

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