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What Women Really Want
Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch
neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him, but was
moved by Arthur's
youth and ideals. So the monarch offered him freedom, provided he
answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to
the answer; if, after a year, he had no answer, he would be put
The question: What do women really want?
Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man,
young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was
death, he accepted the monarch's proposition to have an answer by
He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everybody: the
the prostitutes, the priests, the wise men, the court jester. He
everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer. Many
advised him to consult the old witch--only she would know the
The price would be high; the witch was famous throughout the
the exorbitant prices she charged. The last day of the year
Arthur had no alternative but to talk to the witch. She agreed to
his question, but he'd have to accept her price first: The old
wanted to marry Gawain, the most noble of the Knights of the
and Arthur's closest friend!
Young Arthur was horrified: She was hunchbacked and hideous, had
one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises ... etc. He
encountered such a repugnant creature. He refused to force his
marry her and have to endure such a burden.
Gawain, upon learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He told
that nothing was too big a sacrifice compared to Arthur's life
preservation of the Round Table. Hence, their wedding was
and the witch answered Arthur's question thus: What a woman
is to be in charge of her own life.
Everyone instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth
that Arthur's life would be spared. And so it was. The
granted Arthur total freedom.
What a wedding Gawain and the witch had! Arthur was torn between
and anguish. Gawain was proper as always, gentle and courteous.
witch put her worst manners on display, and generally made
The honeymoon hour approached. Gawain, steeling himself for a
experience, entered the bedroom. But what a sight awaited him!
beautiful woman he'd ever seen lay before him! The astounded
asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had
kind to her when she'd appeared as a witch, she would henceforth
horrible, deformed self half the time, and the other half, she
her beautiful maiden self. Which would he want her to be during
and which during the night?
What a cruel question! Gawain pondered his predicament. During
a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in
of his home, an old witch? Or would he prefer having by day a
witch, but by night a beautiful woman with whom to enjoy many
What would you do?
Noble Gawain replied that he would let her choose for herself.
hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the
time, because he
had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.
What is the moral of this story?
The moral is:
If your woman doesn't get her own way, things are going to get
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