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Monday, June 7, 2004


Women Wants...

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 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 prostitutes, the priests,
the wise men, and 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 neighbouring 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 cruel 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.

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 her own way,
things are going to get ugly...really ugly...

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