The Emperor's New Clothes
A fairy Tale by Hans Christian Anderson
Once upon a time there was an emperor who loved
clothes more than anything else in the world.
One day two swindlers came to see the emperor. They said they made the most beautiful cloth in the world, cloth with a magic quality --- only an honest person could see it; a person who was a fool couldn't see it.
The emperor thought this over. "If I have a suit made of this cloth, then I'll be able to know who's honest, and who's a fool." So he ordered himself a new suit of clothes made from this magic cloth.
In a few days, the emperor went back to check on the weavers, but he couldn't see any cloth. "This is
horrible. Maybe I'm a fool," he thought to himself, so he pretended to see the cloth.
The emperor's assistants couldn't see anything either, but they also pretended to see the cloth.
One day there was going to be a parade
through the city. "Your new clothes are ready for the
parade!" announced the weavers to the emperor.
He put on his new suit of clothes and went off to the parade.
Although no one could see anything, the people all pretended to see the new suit. They didn't want to admit they were fools.
Suddenly a small child cried out, "But the emperor has no clothes on!" The child was right, and the emperor
knew the child was telling the truth.
He had no clothes on, but he had learned his lesson. He finished his walk through the town with his head held high, like a real, true emperor.