A riddle for a riddle. A Mystery for a Mystery You might imagine that, in a sequel, the author would answer the questions he posed in the first of the series. The traveler has not returned, and the men are curious. The high officer, a worthy host, who welcomes the group in and provides refreshments to the travelers, decides to tell them a story rather than answer their question outright. Here is the story he tells.
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A riddle for a riddle. A Mystery for a Mystery You might imagine that, in a sequel, the author would answer the questions he posed in the first of the series. The traveler has not returned, and the men are curious.
The high officer, a worthy host, who welcomes the group in and provides refreshments to the travelers, decides to tell them a story rather than answer their question outright. Here is the story he tells. He is presented with an assembly of 40 women, all dressed similarly. The king tells the prince to pick out the woman he just married.
The king is losing his patience with the prince. And, the prince questions whether his new bride would smile at seeing him or frown at him not being able to identify her.
Make Your Move Just then, the king threatens that if the prince does not choose quickly, his new bride will become a widow thanks to the presence of the Discourager of Hesitancy. The prince decides quickly, and chooses one of the two women. The king congratulates him for choosing correctly.
But, for the travelers and us readers , the question is: which woman did the prince choose? The officer promises to tell the travelers the outcome of the lady or the tiger when they can figure out which bride the prince has taken.
Discourager of Hesitancy by Frank Stockton
Plot summary[ edit ] The short story takes place in a land ruled by a semi-barbaric king. A person accused of a crime is brought into a public arena and must choose one of two doors. Both doors are heavily soundproofed to prevent the accused from hearing what is behind each one. If he chooses the door with the lady behind it, he is innocent and must immediately marry her, but if he chooses the door with the tiger behind it, he is deemed guilty and is immediately devoured by it. The king learns that his daughter has a lover, a handsome and brave youth who is of lower status than the princess, and has him imprisoned to await trial. By the time that day comes, the princess has used her influence to learn the positions of the lady and the tiger behind the two doors. She has also discovered that the lady is someone whom she hates, thinking her to be a rival for the affections of the accused.
DISCOURAGER OF HESITANCY PDF
But very few have heard of the sequel which I am reprinting in full here. These men, of venerable and dignified aspect and demeanour, were received by a high officer of the court, and to him they made known their errand. Our fellow citizen who was then present was a man of supersensitive feelings, and at the moment when the youth was about to open the door he was so fearful lest he should behold a horrible spectacle that his nerves failed him, and he fled precipitately from the arena, and, mounting his camel, rode homeward as fast as he could go. We hoped, however, that in a few weeks some traveller from your city would come among us and bring us further news, but up to that day when we left our country no such traveller had arrived.