The Lady, or the Tiger? Characters

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Courtier

The courtier is a young man whose love affair with the princess results in his imprisonment and trial. Though of lower birth than the princess, he is "handsome and brave to a degree unsurpassed in all this kingdom." He trusts absolutely in his power to charm the princess, and realizing that she knows what is behind each door, he opens the one she indicates "without the slightest hesitation."

Lady

The lady is a young courtier, picked by the king to be the young man's bride, should he open the correct door. She is beautiful. charming, and known to both the courtier and the princess. The princess perceives the lady as a rival for the young man's love, and thus she is an object of the princess's hatred and jealousy.

Princess

The princess loves a young courtier "with an ardor that had enough of barbarism in it to make...

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