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 Am I unfit to be the minister? 
It would never do to let on that I can't 
see the cloth."

"Don't hesitate to tell us what you think 
of it," said one of the weavers.

"Oh, it's beautiful -it's enchanting."The old 
minister peered through his spectacles. 

"Such a pattern, what colors!"  I'll be 
sure to tell the Emperor how delighted
 I am with it."

"We're pleased to hear that," the swindlers 
said. They proceeded to name all the colors 
and to explain the intricate pattern. 

The old minister paid the closest attention, 
so that he could tell it all to the Emperor. 
And so he did.

The swindlers at once asked for more money, 
more silk and gold thread, to get on with the 

But it all went into their pockets. Not a thread 
went into the looms, though they worked 
at their weaving as hard as ever.

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Many years ago there was an Emperor so exceedingly 
fond of new clothes that he spent all his money on being 
well dressed. 

He cared nothing about reviewing his soldiers, going to 
the theatre, or going for a ride in his carriage, except to 
show off his new clothes. 

He had a coat for every hour of the day, and instead of 
saying, as one might, about any other ruler, "The King's
 in council," here they always said. "The Emperor's in his 
dressing room."

In the great city where he lived, life was always gay. 
Every day many strangers came to town, and among them 
one day came two swindlers. 

They let it be known they were weavers, and they said they 
could weave the most magnificent fabrics imaginable. 
Not only were their colors and patterns uncommonly fine, 
but clothes made of this cloth had a wonderful way of 
becoming invisible to anyone who was unfit for his office, 
or who was unusually stupid.
"Those would be just the clothes for me," thought the Emperor. 

"If I wore them I would be able to discover which men in my 
empire are unfit for their posts. And I could tell the wise men 
from the fools. 

Yes, I certainly must get some of the stuff woven for me right 
He paid the two swindlers a large sum of money to start work 
at once.

They set up two looms and pretended to weave, though there 
was nothing on the looms. All the finest silk and the purest old 
thread which they demanded went into their traveling bags, 
while they worked the empty looms far into the night.

"I'd like to know how those weavers are getting on with the cloth,
" the Emperor thought, but he felt slightly uncomfortable when he 
remembered that those who were unfit for their position would not 
be able to see the fabric. 

It couldn't have been that he doubted himself, yet he thought he'd 
rather send someone else to see how things were going.  ... 

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