A Knight’s Tale

A Knight's Tale

A Knight’s Tale

This story is A Knight’s Tale of acceptance and love. Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighbouring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question… Arthur 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.

What do Women Really Want?

The question….What do women really want? 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 year’s end. He 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 Crone, for only she would have the answer. But the price would be high; as the Crone was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

Visiting the Crone

The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the Crone. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first. The old Crone wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur’s closest friend!

Young Arthur 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. He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur.

Lancelot’s Sacrifice

He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life and the preservation of the Round Table. Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the Crone answered Arthur’s 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 Crone had uttered a great truth and that Arthur’s life would be spared. And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the Crone had a wonderful wedding.

The Transformation

The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a Crone, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.

Which would he prefer? Would he prefer a beautiful woman in the day or at night?

Lancelot pondered the predicament. “Would he prefer a beautiful woman to show off to his friends in the day but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old Crone? Or, would he prefer having a hideous Crone during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?

The Decision

What would YOU do? Noble Lancelot 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!

Let a woman have her way and you would be better for it.

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