Where in the story "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank Stockton is there a flashback?

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A flashback is an abrupt shift in the setting of a story, in that the narrative ceases to continue in a linear fashion but, instead, jumps back to an earlier point in time. This technique is usually used to shed further light on the current situation, and this is how it is used in this story.

When the princess's young lover enters the arena, he does so within the main timeline of the story: the crowd pities him, and we, the audience, do not know what will happen to him. Then the perspective changes. We are provided with further details in the form of a flashback.

The princess, we are told, had taken it upon herself to discover which door held the lady and which one the tiger. More than this, however, the princess had discovered...

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