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Francis Richard Stockton's "The Lady, or the Tiger" was originally published in 1882. Language Arts and creative writing classes use this story as a good example to teach how to understand ambiguity. Ambiguity creates mystery and thought-provoking questions for the reader. Stockton's short story was an instant hit because it kept everyone who read it talking or thinking about it for long periods of time. Since there is no authorial ending, the reader is left hanging to decide the fate of the Lady's lover. It is also a good story to use when teaching about inference or a character's motivation.
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