A long time ago, in a country far away, there once lived a very vain emperor who liked to spend a lot of his people’s money clothes for himself, and to preen, and to look his best. One day two men arrived who told the emperor they were tailors. The men ordered the best fabric, which they kept for themselves, to sell in a market, and instead they pretended to weave and make new clothes for the emperor. These rogues tricked the emperor into believing he had new clothes – which he wore in a great procession in front of his people. It was only the courage of a little boy who drew everyone’s attention to the truth….
This story is retold from a Hans Christian Andersen story.