What would be the exposition of "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank Stockton?

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The beginning, or exposition, of Frank Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger" establishes the mentality of the king of a mythical realm. He is immediately described as "semi-barbaric," meaning that he shares thoughts of civilization, such as a well ordered government, with thoughts of savagery, such as having criminals killed by very violent means. The narrator explains that the king held firm control and made most of the important decisions himself:

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.

Moreover, he delighted in solving difficult problems. The narrator indicates that "nothing pleased him so much as to make the crooked straight and crush down uneven places." One problem was that of justice. The king built an arena for that purpose, but his idea of justice didn't involve courtrooms and stuffy lawyers. Rather, it hinged on what the narrator called "poetic justice." A semi-barbaric...

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