Why did the people support the king in Frank Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" 

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Frank Stockton's narrator, in "The Lady or the Tiger?," provides numerous reasons as to why the people support their king. First, the king is only semi-barbaric. This leaves another part of him to be kind. Second, when everything was right in his kingdom, all were happy. It was only when "there was a little hitch" that the king decided to "crush down uneven places." 

Third, the king insured that his people were refined and cultured. He also wanted to "widen and develop the mental energies of the people." Through this, the people would be indebted to him. 

Lastly, the king provided much entertainment for his people. Instead of making trials a private affair, the king created an arena where the fate of the accused is left up to a choice between one door and another. 

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