I am the king and in my kingdom I rule with poetic justice
"There was once a Semi-barbaric king who used his wealth and power to build a great arena to publicly judge those of any crime he deemed important enough or was of interest to him. "
How could you!
This public sentencing was his idea of poetic justice and considered both fair and cruel by his people, for it let fate decided who was guilty and who was innocent. This was done by letting whomever was sentenced pick between two doors in the arena, one that lead to marriage and the other to a tiger and immediate death.
I do not know if it is better to have him killed or let him marry someone else?
The Semi-barbaric king had a daughter who was beautiful and just as semi-barbaric as the king in her ways, she was adored by her father and his people. One day she fell madly in love with a man of low station but he was brave and handsome and they dated for many months without the kings knowledge. Until one day when he discovered their love affair and was furious.
After the discovery of the princesses love affair the king sentenced her lover to prison where he awaited his fate at the arena even though all the kingdom knew he was guilty of being with the princess. He would still have to choose between the two doors and either be married to someone that wasn't the princess or die a horrible death.
The princess being like her semi-barbaric father could not easily pick what door she should lead her lover to and what fate she would rather choose for him for she would lose him either way.
"She knew in which of the two rooms,that lay behind those doors,stood the cage of the tiger,with its open front,and in which waited the lady."
The lover knew with one look from the princess that she knew the secrets of the two doors, "He had expected her to know it.He understood her nature,and his soul was assured that she would never rest until she had made plain to herself this thing,hidden to all other lookers-on,even the king." She then guided her lover to the door on the right.
The princesses lover enters the arena and meets his lovers eyes and knows that she has discovered the hidden secrets behind the door.
"Without the slightest hesitation, he went to the door on the right,and opened it." The conclusion to this ending is left up to the reader for the story does not tell you what ended up being behind the door he picked. You are left guessing the decision of the princess.