What is Stockton’s attitude toward the princess?

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Stockton portrays the king's daughter as "imperious" and intense like her semi-barbaric father. The king's daughter is a passionate woman who is revered by her father and maintains a demeanor of arrogance and authority. She is said to love the handsome courtier with much "ardor" and even pays to discover what door has the lady or the tiger behind it. Stockton also illustrates her jealous, hateful side by elaborating on her feelings of envy she experiences when she witnesses the beautiful lady interacting with her lover. The king's daughter hates the beautiful lady behind the door with a passion and resents the fact that her lover even acknowledges her presence. She is also described as being "hot-blooded," and Stockton emphasizes the fact that "savage blood" runs through her veins. Stockton also illustrates the fact that she has a difficult decision, which is a result of many sleepless nights in anguish. Overall, Stockton has a neutral attitude towards the princess and describes her as a passionate woman who is inherently savage yet still civil. This allows for readers to make their own decisions as to whether the king's daughter allows her lover to die or marry the beautiful woman.

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