young king arthur

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    Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighbouring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him, but was moved by young King Arthur's youthful happiness. So the monarch offered him freedom, as long as he could answer a most difficult question.

    King Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer but, 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 of men, and, to young King Arthur, it seemed an impossible query.

    However, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch's proposition, and agreed 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, even the court jester. In all, he spoke with everyone but no one could give him a satisfactory answer. What most people did tell him though, 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 that she charged.

    Well the last day of the year had arrived and young King 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 Sir Lancelot, the most noble of all the Knights of the Round Table and King Arthur's closest friend! Young King Arthur was horrified: she was hunchbacked and awfully hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage water, and 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.

    Sir Lancelot, upon learning of the proposal, spoke with King Arthur. He told him that nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to King Arthur's life and the preservation of the Round Table. King Arthur relented, and the wedding was proclaimed.

    The witch answered King 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
    King Arthur's life would be spared. And so it was.

    The neighboring monarch spared young King Arthur's life.

    What a wedding Sir Lancelot and the witch had! King Arthur was torn between relief and anguish. Sir Lancelot 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: Sir Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific night, entered the bedroom. What a sight awaited! The most beautiful woman he'd ever seen stood before him! Sir Lancelot 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), that, 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!

    Sir Lancelot began to think of 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 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 Sir Lancelot chose follows below, but don't read until you've made your own choice.

    Noble Sir Lancelot 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 the moral of this story?

    The moral is that it doesn't matter if your woman is pretty or ugly, smart or dumb.

    Underneath it all, she's still a witch. And if you try to control her life, things will get ugly.
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