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Posted: 1/15/2002 9:05:29 AM EDT
Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a > > neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him, but was moved by > > Arthur's youth and ideals. So the monarch offered him freedom, as long as > 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: What do women really want? > > Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and, to > > young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than > death, > > he accepted the monarch's proposition to have an answer by year's end. > > > > He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everybody: the princess, the > , the priests, the wise men, the court jester. He spoke with > > everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer. Many people > > advised him to consult the old witch--only she would know the answer. The > > price would be high; the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the > > exorbitant prices 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 of the Knights of the > > Round Table and Arthur's closest friend! > > > > Young Arthur was horrified: She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one > > tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises... etc. He had never > > encountered 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 thus: > > What a woman really wants is 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 was. > > The neighboring monarch granted Arthur total freedom. > > > > 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 honeymoon hour approached. > > Gawain, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. > > But what a sight awaited him! The most beautiful woman he'd ever seen lay > > before him! > > > > The astounded Gawain asked what had happened. > > The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she'd > > appeared as a witch, she would henceforth be her horrible, deformed self > half the > > time, and the other half, she would be her beautiful maiden self. Which > > would he want her to be during the day, and which during the night? > > > > What a question! Gawain pondered his predicament. > > During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at > night, > > in the privacy of his home, an old witch? Or would he prefer having by day > a > > hideous witch, but by night a beautiful woman with whom to enjoy many > > intimate moments?
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 9:06:54 AM EDT
What would you do? What Gawain chose follows below, but don't read until > > you've made your own choice. Noble Gawain replied that he would let her choose for herself. > > Upon 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 a woman doesn't get what she wants, things could get ugly.
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 9:14:12 AM EDT
Or how about this moral: "Deep down, even the most beautiful woman can still be a witch."
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 9:27:41 AM EDT
Originally posted by Matrix: If a woman doesn't get what she wants, things could get ugly.
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Originally posted by SJSAMPLE: Or how about this moral: "Deep down, even the most beautiful woman can still be a witch."
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one minor correction: the woman who is concerned only with herself (getting what she wants, and getting it now) is already a witch and ugly. it is being the witch that makes her want things only for her. not the other way around! [:D] just a little insider insight.
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