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Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthurs youthful happiness So he offered him freedom as long 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 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 monarchs proposition to have an answer by years end He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everybody the princesses the prostitutes the priests the wise men and 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 hed have to accept her price first The old witch wanted to marry Gawain the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthurs closest friend Young Arthur was horrified she was hunchbacked and awfully hideous had only one tooth smelled like sewage water often made obscene noises and had discolored skin 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 However Gawain upon learning of the proposal spoke with Arthur He told him that nothing was too big a sacrifice in order to save Arthurs life and preserve
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