What is the king's method of accusation?  

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In Stockton's short story "The Lady and the Tiger," the semi-barbaric king has a unique and unusual method of administering justice, where accused citizens decide their own fate between two choices and the outcome is on public display. The semi-barbaric king had an enormous amphitheater constructed for the sole purpose of publicly administering justice, which is an extremely popular event throughout his kingdom. The king's subjects would gather in the amphitheater to watch an accused citizen choose between one of two doors on the opposite end of the arena, which would immediately determine their guilt or innocence. Behind one of the doors is a ferocious tiger, which would leap out from behind the door and instantly kill the accused man. Behind the second door, there is a beautiful woman, who is perfectly suited for the accused man. If the accused man were to pick the door with the lady behind it, they would be married immediately in front of the masses and the entire arena would erupt in celebration. It is also important to note that the accused citizen has no prior knowledge of which door to pick and cannot discern what lies behind each door at all, and his innocence completely relies on fate.

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I assume what you're asking is what is the king's method of punishing criminals in "The Lady, or the Tiger?"  This semi-barbaric king has established an arena, open to the public, which is the seat of justice for his kingdom.  Here, all who are accused come to face their fate, which comes in the form of choosing one of two doors.  Behind one door waits the most beautiful maiden in the land; if that door is opened, the apparently innocent victim will be immediately married to her.  (I've always wondered why all criminals in this kingdom were men, but that's another story!)  Behind the other door is a hungry tiger who will immediately devour the apparently guilty victim.  This system relies on fate, of course, and the outcomes are both spectacular enough to draw thunderous crowds each time someone has been sent to the arena.  Obviously the story is ironic, and this perfectly reasonable system of justice is actually outrageous and inherently unjust. 

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