Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a
neighbouring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him, but’ he was
moved by Arthur’s youthful happiness. So he offered him freedom, but with a proviso,
as long he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would
have a year to figure out the answer; if after a year, he still
had no answer, he would be put to death.
The question was:
What do women really want?
Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur it seemed an
impossible query. Well, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have
an answer by the year end.
He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everybody: the
princess, the prostitutes, the priests, the paupers and just to get
away from the p’s the wise men, and the court jester. In all,
he spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.
What most people did tell him was to consult the old witch, in the
wicked wabbitt infested woods as only she would know the answer.
The price would be high, since the witch was famous throughout the
kingdom for the exorbitant prices for spells and potions,she charged.
The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no alternative
but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer his question,but
he’d have to accept her price first: The old witch wanted to
marry Gawain, the most noble and handsomest of the Knights
of the Round Table, and Arthur’s closest friend!
Young Arthur was horrified: she was hunchbacked and awfully
hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage water, often
made obscene noises…etc.
He had never run across such a repugnant creature. He refused to
force his friend to marry her and have to endure such a burden.
Gawain, upon learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He told
him that nothing was too big a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s
life and the preservation of the Round Table. Hence, their
wedding! was proclaimed, and the witch answered Arthur’s question:
“What a woman really wants is to be able to be in charge of her own life.”
Everyone instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth
and that Arthur’s life would be spared. And so it went. The
neighbouring monarch spared Arthur’s life and granted him total
What a wedding Gawain and the witch had! Arthur was torn between
relief and anguish. Gawain was proper as always, gentle and
courteous. The old witch put her worst manners on display, and
generally made everyone very uncomfortable. The wedding night
approached: Gawain, steeling himself for an horrific time,
entered the bedroom. What a sight awaited!
The most beautiful woman he’d ever seen lay before him! Gawain
was astounded and asked what had happened. The beauty replied
that since he had been so kind to marry her (when she’d been a
witch), half the time she would be her horrible, deformed self, and the
other half, she would be this beautiful maiden self.
Which would he want her to be during the day and which during the night?
What a cruel question! Gawain began to think of his predicament:
During the day a beautiful woman to showoff to his friends,but
at night, in the privacy of his home, an old spooky witch? Or
would he prefer having by day a hideous witch, but by night a
beautiful woman to enjoy many intimate moments?
What would you do?
What Gawain chose follows below, but don’t read on until you’ve
made your own choice. What would you decide???
The noble Gawain told her she could choose for herself.
Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all
the time, because he had respected her and had let her be in
charge of her own life.
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What is the moral of this story?
The moral is that it doesn’t matter if a woman is pretty or
ugly; underneath it all, she’s still could be a witch - and don’t you