A semi-barbaric King near Latin neighbors . He has fancies which makes him fancy. He builds an arena to justly punish criminals. Rewards wrongly accused victims with a wife.
The King has a semi-barbaric daughter with a soul as fervent and imperious as his own. Among his daughters courtiers was a young man of that fineness of blood and lowness of station common to the convention heroes of romance who love royal maidens.
This love affair moved on happily for many months, until one day the king happened to discover its existence. He did not hesitate nor waver in regard to his duty in the premises. The youth was immediately cast into prison, and a day was appointed for his trial in the king's arena.
the princess knew which room stood the lady ready to emerge, all blushing and radiant, should her door be opened. The only hope for the youth any element of certainty was based upon the success of the princess in discovering this mystery and the moment he looked upon her, he saw she had succeeded, as in his soul he knew she would succeed.
Did the tiger or the lady come out of that door? The more we reflect upon this question, the harder it is to answer.
The theme is chance because, he had to take a chance dating the King's daughter so chance justifies his decisions.