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Date:Tue, 3 Apr 2001 08:03:00 -0700 (PDT)

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From: Karen D McIlvoy 03/27/2001 12:32 PM

To: ragan.bond@bhlp.com
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Subject: Fwd: Witch's Brew

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a
neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him, but was moved
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
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
impossible query. Since it was better than death, however, he accepted
monarchs proposition to have an answer by year's end.
He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everybody: the princess,
prostitutes, the priests, the wise men, the court jester. In all, he
with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer. What
people did tell him, was to consult the old witch, as only she would
the answer. The price would be high, since the witch was famous
the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.
The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no alternative but to
to the witch. She agreed to answer his question, but he'd have to accept
price first: The old witch wanted to marry Gawain, the most noble of
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
never run across such a repugnant creature. He refused to force his
to marry her and have to endure such a burden.
Gawain, upon learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He told him
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 question: "What a woman
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
Arthur's life would be spared. And so it went.
The neighboring monarch spared Arthur's life and granted him total
What a wedding Gawain and the witch had! Arthur was torn between relief
anguish. Gawain was proper as always, gentle and courteous. The old
put her worst manners on display. She ate with her hands, belched and
gas, and made everyone uncomfortable as ever.
The wedding night approached: Gawain, steeling himself for a horrific
night, entered the bedroom. What a sight awaited! The most beautiful
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
she was a witch), half the time she would be her horrible, deformed
the other half, she would be her beautiful maiden self. Which would he
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 friends, but at
in the privacy of his home, an old spooky witch? Or would he prefer
by day a hideous witch, but by night a beautiful woman
to enjoy many intimate moments?

What would you do?

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

The Answer: * *

Noble Gawain replied that he would let her choose for herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the
because he had respected her and had let her be in charge of her own
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.