GE - FW: Young King Arthur

Pam Kendrick pkendrick at
Tue Jan 30 12:10:48 PST 2001

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  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 exhorbitant 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 burden.
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
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 neighboring 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

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

What would you do?
What Gawain chose follows below, but don't read until you've made your own

  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.
  And what is the moral of this story?


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