"Directly opposite him, on the other side of the enclosed space, were two doors , exactly alike and side by side. It was the duty and the privilege of the person on trial to walk directly to these doors and open one of them.... If he opened the one, there came out of it a hungry tiger,... But if the accused person opened the other door, there came forth from it a lady... and to this lady was immeditly married"(34).
"This semibarbaric king had a daughter as blooming as his most florid fancies ans with a soul as fervent and imperious as his own. As is usual cases, she was the apple of his eye and was loved by him above all humanity"(35).
"This royal royal maiden was well satisfatied with her lover, for he was handsome and brave to a degree unsurpassed in all this kingdom, and she loved him with an ardor that had enough of barbarism in it to make it exceedingly warm and strong"(35).
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, a day was appointed for his trial in the king's area"(35).
Which ever I choose is horrible.
"The tiger cages of the kingdom were searched for the most savage and relentless beast, from which the fiercest monster might be selected for the arena"(35).
"The ranks of maiden of youth and beauty throughout the land were carefully surveyed by competent judges"(35).
"The appointed day had arrived. From far and near the people gathered and thronged the great galleries of the area, and crowds, unable to gain admittance, massed themselves against its outside walls"(35).
"She raised her hand and made a slight, quick movement toward the right. No one but her lover saw her Every eye but his was fixed on the man in the arena. He turned, and with a firm and rapid step he walked across the empty space. Every heart stopped beating, every breath was held, every eye was fixed immovably upon that man. Without the slightest hesitation, he went to the door on the right and opened it"(37).