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Updated on December 19, 2007


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


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 exorbitant 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


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

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 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 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.

She asked him 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 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 Gawain chose follows below, but don’t read until you’ve made your own choice.

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


The Moral of the Story: It doesn’t matter if your woman is pretty or ugly, underneath it all, she’s still a JADUGAR!


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    • omdelhi profile image

      Om Prakash Singh 10 years ago from New Delhi


      U again come up with the great hub. pls spare some times for my hubs.

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      gabriella05 10 years ago from Oldham

      Manoharv. Great story you created, liket very much

      Thank you

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      des donnelly 10 years ago from NYC....

      Mr Marmalade does not know how lucky he is, I was married for a good few years and the beautiful woman turned into a hideous witch ... *jokes*


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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Now I know I am jealous. The fact that you could come with such a great story.

      Not once but twice in the same story

      I have been married 50 years and I still do not know the answer.thank you for teaching me