The Lady or the Tiger and Other Short Stories by Frank Stockton download in ePub, pdf, iPad
When a person was accused of a crime, his future would be judged in the public arena. The princess hated the woman behind that silent door. The question of her decision is one not to be lightly considered, and it is not for me to presume to set myself up as the one person able to answer it. She had known she would be asked, she had decided what she would answer, and, without the slightest hesitation, she had moved her hand to the right.
When she had seen the two of them get married. He went to the door on the right and opened it. Your storyteller was Barbara Klein. He loved her above all humanity. Tall, beautiful and fair, his appearance was met with a sound of approval and tension.
But, if the accused opened the other door, there came forth from it a woman, chosen especially for the person. From far and near the people gathered in the arena and outside its walls. It involves a study of the human heart. As is usual in such cases, she was the apple of his eye, and was loved by him above all humanity.
Tall, beautiful, fair, his appearance was greeted with a low hum of admiration and anxiety. She raised her hand, and made a slight, quick movement toward the right. Her decision had been shown quickly. And the king would take pleasure in watching the series of events, which would judge whether or not the man had done wrong in loving the princess.
Every heart stopped beating. His eye met hers as she sat there, paler and whiter than anyone in the large ocean of tense faces around her.
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