Answer to the TOUGHEST question


Again a story shared by Senthil.

Young 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 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. 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. 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 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 Sir Lancelot, The most noble of the Knights of the Round Table, And Arthur’s closest friend! Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunch-backed and hideous, had only one tooth, Smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc.

He had never met such a repugnant creäture in all his life. He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden. But Lancelot, having learnt of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life, and the reservation of the Round Table. Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered. Arthur’s question thus: “What a woman really wants?” She said, “A Woman wants to be in-charge of her own life.”

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch 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 witch had a wonderful wedding.

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 was before him. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would from now on be her horrible and deformed self only half the time. And the beautiful maiden the other half. “Which would you prefer? She asked him. “Beautiful during the day …. Or at night?”

Lancelot pondered the predicament.

Should he prefer a beautiful woman during the day to show off to his friends, but at night, an old witch?

Or,

Should he prefer having a hideous witch during the day? But a beautiful woman by night?

If you are a man then what would YOUR choice be?

If you are a woman then what would YOUR MAN’S choice be?

What Lancelot chose, is given below:

BUT… make YOUR choice before you scroll down below…and be honest to yourself while choosing the answer…OKAY?!

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Noble Lancelot, knowing the answer the witch gave Arthur to his question; He 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 and let her be in-charge of her own life.

Now… what is the moral to this story?

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The moral is…

1) There is both a witch and a beauty in every woman no matter how she looks!

2) If you don’t let a woman have her own way, and try to decide everything for her and expect her to accept it, then things are going to get ugly.

EVERY WOMAN LOVES HER PARTNER AND FAMILY AND TAKES CARE OF THEM WITH DEDICATION, BUT SHE HATES TO BE “TAKEN FOR GRANTED”

EVERY WOMAN HAS HER OWN IDENTITY AND INDIVIDUALITY AND WANTS HER MAN TO REALIZE AND RESPECT THIS AND GIVE HER, “HER SPACE!”

IN THE WALK OF LIFE, EVERY WIFE WANTS TO WALK WITH HER HUSBAND HAND-IN-HAND, NOT IN FRONT OF HIM, NOT BEHIND HIM!!!

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21 thoughts on “Answer to the TOUGHEST question

  1. That was a nice one — not one of those stories that preach and screech about woman’s equality, liberation etc. etc., but asserted the point in the nicest way possible. The moral was even better. Good post!

  2. I agree with few points but sadly not every woman loves the S/O’s family. Not every woman wants to walk with her s/o(significant other). Sometimes she moves ahead also and sometimes she deliberately lags behind, esp during pregnancy, etc.. When she decides to take a sabbatical. In our old fashioned Indian society, the decider is still the man or the ‘family’, wherein she gets to see the groom only later-on, she has no choices about the clothes she wears, friends she keeps, money is never hers, children are her property and the husband does not give a damn. There are too many such mishaps which I have to advise on. Still there is no freedom for the woman and I feel sad. But I loved your article and God bless to you. Happy Divali.

  3. The answer is there itself. The witch said that what a woman wants is to be in charge of her own life. So let her decide.. Am I right??

    Yippeeee I am 😀

    Amazing read Bhavia, with a beautiful moral. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  4. Hey if u can put up with hard core puritan poetry of 19th century, try milton… lottsa Arthur stories (courage chivalry and all)
    But Bingo Post! Men with frozen brain cells, open ur eyes:D

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