The Lady or the Tiger? Questions and Answers
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In what way is the princess similar to her father in "The Lady or the Tiger?"

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The story begins with a thorough description of the semi-barbaric king. We learn that his ideas were "large, florid, and untrammeled" and that he was wont to consult no one but himself on their suitability. Furthermore,

He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal, of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.

He was "bland and genial" when everything went perfectly according to his plans and "blander and more genial still" when things did not go so smoothly, for the latter circumstance afforded him the opportunity "to make the crooked straight and crush down uneven places." All this gives the impression of an absolutist despot whose only response to being challenged is to increase his tyranny and who will go to any lengths to impose his will on others.

The princess is described as being "as blooming as his most florid fancies, and with a soul as fervent and imperious as his own." She is "the apple of his eye," and Stockton makes it clear that...

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