A woman asks a man to elope with her that night, he says he’ll do it tomorrow after his affairs are in order, that night he steps on a tack, gets septicemia and dies.
A woman asks a man to elope with her that night. He does it immediately because he’s afraid he will die if he doesn’t. Racing from town he thinks he spots her husband in pursuit, turns the car into ongoing traffic, and dies.
A woman asks a man to elope with her that night. He does so. Deep in the forest a lion that has achieved self-reflection from eating certain mutogenic herbs follows them thinking to eat them, but as he pursues them deeper into the forest he thinks better of it. The man and the woman split up a few days later — neither was quite what the other was hoping for it turns out — and man, woman, and lion go their separate ways, for good and ill.
Some of the best stories provide their pleasure by seeming to be one kind of irony and then turning out to be a different kind.
But not all!