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Long ago, during the Medieval times, there was an "excitable and semi-barbaric king" (Stockton, paragraph 1) who was pleased to use his power to get rid of any trouble he found out about.
I, the King, use my powers to rid of any trouble I find out about.
By using his powers, the King set up a trial for the accused; allowing "the man on trial ... to decide his fate by opening one" of the two identical doors in front of him. Behind one door was a fierce tiger and the other a beautiful maiden. If the man chose the door with the Maiden, he would marry her on the spot "as a reward for his innocence," (Stockton, par. 2).
Which door shall I choose? I don't even know which is which! But this will decide whether I am innocent or not.
One day, the King found out about the relationship between his daughter and a young man apart of his court. "Never before had such a case occurred; never before had a subject dared to love the daughter of the king" but the young man "was unusually handsome and brave, ... and this royal maiden adored the young man," (Stockton, par. 7), but the King was against this relationship.
I will not allow such a man with my beloved daughter!
The King was enraged by what he had seen, that he ordered the land to "be searched for the fiercest tiger that could be found, and the maidens throughout the land be carefully surveyed in order that the young man might have a fitting bride, should he live" (Stockton, par. 8).
I want the fiercest tiger found and a suitable maiden for this young man to marry, should he live.
Understood, your Majesty!
Now standing in the arena was the young man, awaiting to choose his fated door of life or death. As he looked up at the Princess, meeting eye-to-eye, "he had expected her to know" which door was which and asked in a flash "'Which?'" (Stockton, par. 15). She replied with a slight, quick hand movement to the right; the young man firmly and rapidly strode towards the right door and opened it.
As he opened the door recommended by the Princess, there was the tiger, and the young man was eaten. The door with the tiger was chosen because "the princess hated the lady" behind the other door and would rather wish for his death than to watch him happily walk away hand-in-hand with a woman she hated (Stockton, par. 13).
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