A young King was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by the youthful king’s morals and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. The young King would have a year to figure out the answer and, 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 the young King , 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.
The young King returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even 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, for only she would have the answer. But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.
The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her
price first. The old witch wanted to marry the young King’s most noble knight and the young King’s closest friend!
The young King 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 in all his life and he refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden. But the knight learning of the proposal, spoke with the young King. He told his friend that nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to his friend’s life and the preservation of the monarchy.
Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered the young King question thus:
What a woman really wants, she answered….is to be in charge of her own life.
Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that the young King life would be spared.
And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted the young King his freedom. The young King’s best knight and the witch had a wonderful wedding.
The honeymoon hour approached and the young King’s best knight began steeling himself for a horrific experience. He hestitantly entered the bedroom, but, was amazed at the sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen, lay before him on the bed. The astounded knight asked what had happened.
The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half
the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.
Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day….or night?
The young King’s best knight pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old
witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous, intimate moments?
The young King’s best knight, knowing the answer the witch gave the young king to his question, said that he would allow HER to make the choice 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.
Now….what is the moral to this story?
The moral is….. If you don’t let a woman have her own way…. Things are going to get ugly