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According to the story, no one saw the princess signal to her lover except for her lover himself. That is one of the intriguing features of this story. Without any assistance from the princess, the lover would have a fifty-fifty chance of choosing the door leading to the beautiful lady; but when the princess signals him surreptitiously to choose the right-hand door his fate is in her hands. He follows her lead without hesitation and opens the door she indicated. Does he have a better or worse than fifty-fifty chance of choosing the correct door now? It all depends on the princess. Has she decided to let him have the other woman? Or has she decided that she would rather sit there and watch him being killed by a tiger? Perhaps the lover would have been better off if he had opened the door the princess did not indicate. Is her love stronger than her jealousy, or is her jealousy stronger than her love?

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