The lady and the tiger frank stockton
The Lady or the Tiger? by Frank R. Stockton
I HAD first read Frank Richard Stocktons The Lady or the Tiger? in an English textbook in the late 1970s and instantly fell in love with it. It was the first short story that I had read in which the ending was left to the logical reasoning of the reader. Today I read it for the second time and loved it even more.
Stockton was the writer of the tale. However, he provides you with a head and a body, but you, the reader, are supposed to provide its tail. You could give the story a tragic ending or you could give it a happy one -- like in most fairy tales.
The Lady, or the Tiger. Which is superimposing upon the other?
But is this really a fairy tale? Or is it more of a dark tale with a gory ending? Is it one where jealousy rules roost? Is it one which will shock the onlookers at a coliseum except for one?
Supposing you were in love with the most handsome man on earth or rather an Adonis, and he was to be married off to a woman who was as beautiful if not more beautiful than you, would you be willing to pass him on to her? Or would you wish that if he did not belong to you, then he should belong to no other woman and, in fact, die through the bone-wrecking jaws and the skin-tearing paws of a wild beast?
Think before you answer, look before you leap, judge before you give your verdict.
The Tiger attacks.
Frank R. Stockton
The Lady, or the Tiger? - Frank R. Stockton - Audiobook
The Lady, or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
Stockton for publication in the magazine The Century in The short story takes place in a land ruled by a semi-barbaric king. Some of the king's ideas are progressive, but others cause people to suffer. One of the king's innovations is the use of a public trial by ordeal as an agent of poetic justice, with guilt or innocence decided by the result of chance. A person accused of a crime is brought into a public arena and must choose one of two doors. Both doors are heavily soundproofed to prevent the accused from hearing what is behind each one. If he chooses the door with the lady behind it, he is innocent and must immediately marry her, but if he chooses the door with the tiger behind it, he is deemed guilty and is immediately devoured by it.
Once again, this is a short story from American Literature that I use to practice my speed reading drills. In the story, there is a semi-barbaric king, who metes out justice, not by using a jury, but by forcing the accused to appear at the amphitheater — with his subjects watching the show — and choose one of two doors. Behind one door is a vicious tiger, who immediately rips the accused to pieces, which is the supposed proof that he is guilty. Behind the other door is a beautiful lady, and if that door is opened, the accused has to marry her right there and then, which is proof that he is innocent. And as far as the king is concerned, it is irrelevant if the accused already has a wife and family or someone he is betrothed to. The woman that the king chooses for the accused is always suited to his age.
"The Lady, or the Tiger?" is a much-anthologized short story written by Frank R. Stockton for publication in the magazine The Century in "The Lady, or the.
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