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Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2003 11:23:12 -0500
From: Filters Away
Subject: BLAGUES-L: What do women want

Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 15:18:36 +0100
From: Stuart Duffy


Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a 
neighbouring kingdom.

The monarch could have killed him, but was moved by Arthur's youthful 
happiness. So he 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 killed.

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 year's end. He returned to his kingdom 
and began to poll everybody: the princess, the prostitutes, the priests, 
the wise men, 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, as only she 
would know the answer. The price would be high, since 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 awfully hideous, had 
only one tooth, smelled like sewage water, often made obscene noises... 
He had never run across such a repugnant creature.

He refused to force his friend to marry her and have to endure such a 

Gawain, upon learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He told him 
that nothing was too big of 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 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. She ate with her hands, belched 
and farted, and made everyone uncomfortable.

The wedding night approached: Gawain, steeling himself for a horrific 
night, 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 her (when she'd 
been a witch), half the time she would be her horrible, deformed self, 
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 cruel question? Gawain began to think of his predicament:

During the day a beautiful woman to show off to his friend, 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 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 and had let her be in charge of her own life.

What is he moral of this story?


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