Thursday, April 26, 2012

THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES /by Hans Christian Anderson

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THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES by Hans Christian Anderson is an ageless and beloved fable, where we learn the dangers of vanity and the rewards of being brave and honest. Its about two swindlers posing as weavers and tailors who promise the very vain Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. They mime weaving and sewing and finally dressing him and when the Emperor cannot see the clothing himself, he pretends that he can for fear of appearing unfit for his position, stupid, or incompetent; his ministers do the same. Then the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects, who play along with the pretense. Suddenly, a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but holds himself up proudly and continues the procession.

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Bonnie R

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