‘Shot of Short’ #9: The Lady or the Tiger

Title: The Lady or the Tiger by Frank Stockton
Date Read: 09 October 2008
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: A barbaric king uses a system of two doors in his arena to determine the verdict against criminals. Behind one door is a tiger and behind the other is a beautiful bride. With no indication of what lies behind either door, the prisoner decides which one to select with the outcome being obvious. The trial is put to the ultimate test when the poor lover of the king’s daughter is put on trial.
Afterthoughts: I quite enjoyed this story. It’s well written (although a bit ‘flowery’), and addresses quite a few moralistic issues. There’s a nice bit of tension building leading up to the finish but it’s not quite the ending I’d expected. You’ll see what I mean!
Notable Quote: “This was the king’s semi-barbaric method of administering justice. Its perfect fairness is obvious. The criminal could not know out of which door would come the lady; he opened either he pleased, without having the slightest idea whether, in the next instant, he was to be devoured or married. “

Rating: ★★★½☆

*Story read as part of my 100 Shots of Short reading challenge.

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