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    What would you choose?

    > Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the
    > monarch of a neighbouring celtic 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 put to death.
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    > The question was: "What do women really want?"
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    > 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 the year's end.
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    > He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everybody:
    > the princesses, the prostitutes, the priests, the wise men, and the
    > court jester. In all, he spoke with everyone, but no one could give him
    > a satisfactory answer.
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    > 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.
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    > 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.
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    > 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, and had
    > discoloured skin. 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.
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    > However, Gawain, upon learning of the proposal, spoke
    > with Arthur.
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    > He told him that nothing was too big a sacrifice in
    > order to save Arthur's life and preserve the Round Table.
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    > 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."
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    > 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.
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    > 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.
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    > 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!
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    > Gawain 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?
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    > What would you do? What Gawain chose follows below, but
    > don't read on until you've made your own choice................. . . .
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    > . . . . . . . . . . . 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.
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    > What is the moral of this story?
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    > The moral is that it doesn't matter if your woman is
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    > Underneath it all, she's still a witch and don't you
    > forget it.
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    Im glad I decided to take the time and read it all - cos the last section made me giggle xx

    If only Eve never ate the apple :x
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