THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
Hans Christian Andersen
When two tailors tell the emperor they make magic cloth, he gives them gold thread to make the cloth for his new suit.
The tailors are clever! They tell the emperor that stupid people can’t see the cloth.
And when the emperor wears his invisible suit in town, all the people laugh at him.
The emperor is very embarrassed!
;I like clothes! I love clothes!”says the emperor. ;I have clothes for the morning, for the afternoon and for the evening!
I have clothes in different colours!”
One day, two men come to town.
;We are tailors,”says the first man.
;We make cloth,”says the second man.
;Our cloth is magic!”
The emperor is very happy. He wants some new cloth to make a suit.
He wants a new suit for the parade in town.
;Why is your cloth magic?”the emperor asks the tailors.
;It’s magic because clever people can see it. Stupid people can’t.”
The emperor is very pleased.
;We need gold thread to make the magic cloth,”the men say.
The emperor gives the tailors lots of gold thread. But the tailors steal the gold.
The tailors start to make the magic cloth. They sit at the empty loom and work all day and all night.
Clickerty, click, clickerty, click, goes the loom.
;Go and see the cloth,”says the emperor to the prime minister.
The prime minister looks and looks.
But he can’t see the cloth!
;I’m not stupid!”he thinks.
;The cloth is beautiful,”says the prime minister and goes to tell the emperor. The wicked tailors laugh and laugh and laugh!
;Give us som王叔就是拽e more gold thread,”the tailors say.
The emperor gives them2 more gold thread.
The wicked tailors steal all the gold!
The emperor sends a general to see the cloth.
The general looks and looks and looks, but he can’t see the cloth.
;The prime minister can see the cloth,”thinks the general, ;I’m not stupid!”
;The cloth is wonderful,”he says. When the general goes away, the tailors laugh and laugh and laugh!
The tailors cut and sew the cloth.
;Can the emperor come and try on his new clothes?”the men ask.
;Of course, of course,”says the emperor. Let’s go!”
;Oh dear,”thinks the emperor. ;I can’t see the cloth! The prime minister can see it. The general can see it! I’m NOT stupid!”
The emperor touches1 the invisible cloth. ;It’s a beautiful suit!”he says.
;The cloth is cool1 and very light. It’s perfect for the summer!”he says.
The emperor wears the invisible suit at the parade.
;He’s got no clothes on!”shouts a little boy. ;Ha, ha, ha,”laugh the people.
The emperor’s face is very red. ;It’s a trick!”he thinks. ;Look for the tailors!”shouts the emperor.
But of course, the soldiers can’t find the tailors…or the gold thread!