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This famous story is called The Lady Or The Tiger (1882), by Frank R. Stockton. The cliffhanger ending is complicated by the fact that the princess knows which door is which, and directs her lover to open the (actually right, not left) door. The man opens it without hesitation. The story is famous because it asks the reader to decide the ending for ...


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The answer was in the locked drawer. Amongst the reports in the newspaper clippings was one which read: The personality of the man and his extraordinary power over women had been discussed at great length in the English papers at the time, together with an account of his excitability in court, his passionate protestations, and his occasional sudden ...


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In the winter, the Parish Clerk goes to tea with the Methodists. The vicar turns a blind eye to this: in the winter-time, when it was too dark for the vicar to observe [...] which [...] he was never anxious to do.


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The "black-clad, pale-skinned, basically depressed-looking, given to eyeliner" definitely describes the goth stereotype. For example, take this character from the British TV show The IT Crowd, where most characters are caricatures of stereotypes: Checks all the boxes (though maybe not depressed-looking in this picture). Thanks to the links from Rand al'...


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In the context of the story - which can be read in full online - the narrator, Jonathan, is describing the history of his relationship with his wife Saoirse. He describes her attractiveness (in some lascivious detail) and then mentions that he too was good-looking: We got married when Saoirse was twenty-one and I was twenty-three. That seems impossibly ...


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A short story can, and often does, have a simple point to make. Sometimes, though, it leaves things open on purpose because it is intended to make you think and consider - and in so doing reconsider your own assumptions. Some examples from my own favorites: The point is to make a (horrible) pun, as in "Shah Guido G." (Isaac Asimov) The point is to ...


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